Mullaly On Short List to Head Microsoft
Looking for a change in leadership once CEO Steve Ballmer steps down, Microsoft has announced its shortlist of five potential candidates, including current Ford CEO Ford Mullaly.
Alongside former Skype CEO Tony Bates, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, and two other internal candidates, Mullaly made the cut after the Redmond, Wash.-based software proprietor looked over 40 names from industries including life science and consumer. That said, it seems Microsoft is looking from its well of partnerships (Ford via SYNC and its successor MyFord/MyLincoln Touch) and purchases (Skype and Nokia) for the final decision.
While Microsoft remained mum on the search, Ford spokesperson Jay Cooney had this to say:
There is no change from what we announced last November. Alan remains fully focused on continuing to make progress on our One Ford plan. We do not engage in speculation.
On Mullaly’s part, he has said repeatedly that he continues to plan to stay with the Blue Oval through the end of 2014, though there are inklings from those in the know that he could leave earlier for a new opportunity elsewhere should such a thing were to occur; Boeing has also been mentioned as a possibility for Mullaly’s Midas touch.
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