AUTOMAKER Ford apparently will not see its CEO depart to take over Microsoft.
The car outfit's leader had been rumoured as a possible candidate for the CEO role at Microsoft, which has scurried around looking for a new leader ever since Steve Ballmer announced his intention to leave a spinning office chair.
Ford Motor Company CEO and president Alan Mulally told the Associated Press that he will stay at the car company until at least the end of 2014. This does not entirely rule him out for the role of Microsoft CEO, since these days CEOs are swapped out as regularly as Premiership football league managers, but it does make him look like an unlikely short term prospect.
"I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford," Mulally said in an interview. "You don't have to worry about me leaving."
We weren't, but that is kind of him. The people who might worry about his commitment to the carmaker are the big Microsoft investors that wanted to lure him to Redmond.
Mulally's removal from the race makes any number of people more likely to be chosen for the position. While our money remains on an inanimate carbon rod, other likely candidates include Stephen Elop, who has a proven track record at leading Nokia through staggering financial losses and a precipitous decline in market share, and Mark Hurd, who also has something of a reputation.
Recently the rumour mongers in touch with the Redmond campus would have been trying to get their heads around Qualcomm's Steve Mollenkopf. Mollenkopf looked like a likely choice to take over the hot seat at Microsoft, that is until Qualcomm secured his continued service with a new contract. µ