SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft reportedly is being urged by some of its investors to put Ford CEO Alan Mulally forward as a possible replacement for Steve Ballmer.
Yahoo got the scoop on this, and reported that "three of the top 20 investors" in the firm are urging Microsoft to consider 68 year old Ford CEO Alan Mulally as a replacement for Steve Ballmer when he retires, due to his successes in turning around companies' fortunes.
The activist investors also want Microsoft to consider Computer Sciences Corporation CEO Mike Lawrie for the job, according to Yahoo's unnamed sources.
Microsoft has yet to comment on the speculation, but it looks like the Ford CEO might not be interested in the job, as he told Reuters last week that he was "absolutely focused on serving at Ford." However, reportedly people knowledgeable about Ford's plans aren't so sure, and have said that Mulally might be happy to step down from the firm if he finds an appealing new role.
Second favourite is Kevin Turner, presently COO at Microsoft and former CIO at Wal-Mart, and Ex-Microsoft executive Steve Sifonsky and present VP of devices Julie Larson-Green are tied in Ladbrokes' number three spot.
Bill Gates is also an outsider, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 8/1 for him to take the reins at Microsoft again.
According to Yahoo, Microsoft is likely to announce Ballmer's successor before the year is out. µ
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