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Microsoft leans to Ford's Mulally for CEO as Elop's chances look 'less likely'

Ballmer replacement decision approaches
Thu Nov 28 2013, 10:35
Nokia's Stephen Elop

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft reportedly has shortlisted Ford CEO Alan Mulally and internal executive Satya Nadella to replace retiring CEO Steve Ballmer, with Stephen Elop's chances now looking "less likely".

So says Bloomberg, which has heard from people familiar with the matter that while Elop and internal candidate Tony Bates are "still in the mix", their chances of getting the CEO job are looking "less likely" than before.

Instead, Microsoft is said to have narrowed down its list to Ford CEO Alan Mulally, and internal candidate Satya Nadella, who is currently EVP of cloud and enterprise at the company.

A Ford spokesperson was unable to confirm the rumours, instead saying, "There is no change from what we announced last November. Alan remains completely focused on executing our One Ford plan. We do not engage in speculation."

There's no mention of any other candidates that reportedly were also in the running, including ex-Oracle CEO Mark Hurd and Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg.

Some might breathe a sigh of relief that Elop's chances have lessened, as the Nokia CEO reportedly would sell off Microsoft's Xbox division if given the chance to run the company, and would shut down the firm's Bing search engine.

It's still unclear when Microsoft will select its new CEO, but Bill Gates reportedly has said "it's a complex role to fill". Previously, reports indicated that the firm was hoping to fill the role by the end of the year, so it looks like Microsoft had better get its skates on.

Microsoft and Nokia both declined to comment on the rumours. µ


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