SOFTWARE COMPANY Microsoft is still looking for an executive to fill retiring CEO Steve Ballmer's corner office.
Microsoft, which has had only two CEOs in its history, is leaving few stones unturned in its search, and wants a good replacement.
Microsoft director John Thompson revealed some details about the search in a post to the firm's website. He said that the hunt has been underway since August and has considered both external and internal candidates. No one has been selected for the role yet, though.
"As the chair of the Board's search committee, I'm pleased with our progress. The Board has taken the thoughtful approach that our shareholders, customers, partners and employees expect and deserve. After defining our criteria, we initially cast a wide net across a number of different industries and skill sets," said Thompson.
"We identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen, and then focused our energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals, all extremely impressive in their own right. As you would expect, as this group has narrowed, we've done deeper research and investigation, including with the full Board. We're moving ahead well, and I expect we'll complete our work in the early part of 2014."
Microsoft's next CEO will take over the helm of a company that is driving itself forward, he added, and will coast along on things like the Xbox One, Surface and Windows.
"At the same time, Microsoft has continued to drive hard. Our employees produced strong quarterly results, announced in October. They released new versions of Windows, our Surface products and many other offerings. And the launch of Xbox One was experienced around the world. All of us on the Board appreciate their continued focus and commitment," trilled Thompson.
"Microsoft has had only two CEOs in its 38-year history. As a Board, we are determined and confident that the company's third CEO will lead Microsoft to renewed and continued success. We're looking forward to 2014 and the opportunities and decisions that lie ahead."
Last week it looked as though Microsoft might have found a new leader at Qualcomm, but apparently this was not the case. µ