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Microsoft is considering Qualcomm's Steve Mollenkopf for Ballmer replacement

Likely will make a decision before the year is out
Fri Dec 13 2013, 11:48
Steve Ballmer is chief executive officer at Microsoft

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft reportedly is considering Qualcomm COO Steve Mollenkopf as a potential replacement for Steve Ballmer.

That's according to Bloomberg, which has heard from "people familiar with the matter" that Microsoft has added Mollenkopf to its list of potential CEO candidates under "serious consideration".

This shortlist reportedly also includes Microsoft executive Satya Nadella and Ford CEO Alan Mulally, with recent reports claiming that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop failed to make the chop, despite previously having been an odds-on favourite to take over as Microsoft CEO.

Microsoft reportedly is having second thoughts about Mulally too, according to Bloomberg, with his chances lessening due to his lack of experience in technology, likely why the company has turned its attention to Mollenkopf.

What's more, Ballmer recently cited Qualcomm, along with Apple and Samsung, as one of the companies that had taken advantage of the shift to mobile computing using tablets, hinting that Microsoft could look to Mollenkopf's expertise to help it grow its presence in the mobile market.

It's still unclear when Microsoft will select its next CEO, but Bloomberg's sources said that it's likely to be before the end of the year, which means that the firm could announce Ballmer's successor any day now. However, it's possible that the announcement might wait until next year, as the committee formed to find Ballmer's successor gave itself 12 months to select a candidate when it was formed in August.

Microsoft and Qualcomm both declined to comment on the speculation. µ


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