Microsoft’s search for a CEO is now focusing on Alan Mulally and Satya Nadella
Former CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop is unlikely to be offered the position
According to Bloomberg News, it appears that Microsoft will narrow its search for a CEO further as the software giant is now focusing on Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Microsoft’s could-executive Satya Nadella. The report also suggests that the other two members of ‘the chosen ones club’ still remain as potential candidates, though it’s not very likely for them to be offered the position. As a reminder, these two gentlemen are the former CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop and the former president of Skype Tony Bates.
Now remains the big question- who is going to succeed Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer after he takes off? According to some speculations, Alan Milally is currently the favorite for the position; however Ford’s spokesperson appears to deny the rumours and made a statement. He claims that nothing has changed since last November’s announcements and Alan remains focused on the One Ford plan and its implementation. He also shared that Ford will not engage in any kind of speculations.
While Microsoft is in search of a quick replacement for their outgoing 68-years old CEO Steve Ballmer, more speculations have risen. There’s a possibility for Mr Ballmer to be more of a caretaker CEO to guide the company into the right directions while the chosen candidate gets ready to take over his position.
The final decision might make it until the end of this year, sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, other sources suggest that the name of the next Microsoft CEO will be announced early next year in case the board isn’t ready with their decision.
There’s also a document that features the exact criteria for the new CEO:
Extensive track record in managing complex, global organizations within a fast-paced and highly competitive market sector; track record of delivering top and bottom line results. Proven ability to lead a multi-billion dollar organisation and large employee base.
Source: Bloomberg News