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Ford’s Mark Fields promoted, could become CEO

DETROIT — Ford’s leaders have watched Mark Fields, a brash Harvard MBA, turn the company’s North American business into a profit machine. Now they are considering him for chief executive.

Fields, 51, was named chief operating officer Thursday, a sign the board favors him for the top job when chief executive Alan Mulally retires. Mulally, 67, plans to stay at least through 2014, a decision that reassured Wall Street.

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