Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Microsoft/Windows
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Will Microsoft Tap Ford Motor
Will Microsoft Tap Ford Motor's Mulally as CEO?

By Seth Fitzgerald
November 29, 2013 10:52AM

    Bookmark and Share
Industry watchers think Alan Mulally may be the best candidate for the Microsoft CEO job, yet Mulally reportedly remains mum on the possibility. Considering that he has already helped Microsoft with its current turnaround, some speculate Mulally may be misleading the media into thinking that he has no interest in the Microsoft CEO position.
 



Now that time is running short, Microsoft has reportedly taken another step toward determining who will take over the company once its current chief, Steve Ballmer, leaves his position in early 2014. Last month, the list of potential CEO candidates dwindled and now that November is almost over, Microsoft may be focusing on just two of the people on that list.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Microsoft executive vice president Satya Nadella have both risen to the top of the candidate list, with former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop falling by the wayside. Both Mulally and Nadella have great qualities that will benefit Microsoft but the company now has to decide whether it wants to hand over the CEO reins to someone within the company or if it is willing to look elsewhere.

Unlikely Choices

Earlier in November it was reported that Microsoft had shortlisted just four candidates, Mulally, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Microsoft cloud boss Nadella, and former Skype president Tony Bates. Even though Elop and Bates are still on the list, Microsoft apparently no longer considers them to be the best candidates for the job and instead, Mulally and Nadella have risen to the top.

Since Ballmer announced that he would be stepping down and leaving Microsoft, Nokia's former CEO Stephen Elop had been a crowd favorite and a likely choice. With Microsoft's recent acquisition of Nokia, Elop was nearly as close to the company as Nadella, but with more experience at the head of a major tech firm.

Unlike Mulally, who has stayed quiet regarding Microsoft's interest in him, some of Elop's ideas for how Microsoft would be able to improve have already leaked out to various technology publications. According to those reports, Elop would focus on Microsoft Office and move away from physical devices such as the Surface tablets.

This sort of plan is the exact opposite of what Microsoft is currently doing, which may be the reason that the company is no longer looking at Elop as a viable option.

Alan Mulally: The Best Choice?

Unlike Nadella, Elop, and Bates, who would likely step into the CEO position without any hesitation, Mulally is still the CEO of Ford, which makes it more difficult for Microsoft to convince him to takeover. Every time that Mulally has been approached on the subject, he has stressed that he is happy where he is and he wants to stay with Ford.

Even so, Mulally appears to be the best candidate and considering that he has already helped Microsoft with its current turnaround, he may be misleading the media into thinking that he has no interest in the position.

As the head of Ford, Mulally was able to lead the car manufacturer out of the doldrums and into profitability without receiving aid from the federal government (something that very few car companies have done). He was able to do this by changing Ford's business strategy and exciting employees.

With Microsoft focused on retaining a leadership position in multiple technology segments, a strong CEO with a fresh approach may be exactly what the company needs.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

James Will:

Posted: 2013-11-29 @ 12:25pm PT
Mulally appears to be the favorite candidate for the position of Microsoft’s CEO, the 68-year old could very well end up being a temporary replacement and not a permanent solution. Speculation in the market suggests that he may be hired to guide Microsoft in the right direction only until an internal candidate is ready to take up the position.





 Microsoft/Windows
1.   Win Phone 8.1 Update Already on Way
2.   Yammer Moved to Office 365
3.   Can One Size Windows OS Fit All?
4.   Microsoft CEO Sees 'Bold' Plan Ahead
5.   Future of Laid-Off MS Employees


advertisement
Microsoft CEO Sees 'Bold' Plan Ahead
With unified Windows for all platforms.
Average Rating:
Design Central to Microsoft Future
New ethos a break from functional past.
Average Rating:
Bing Lets Europeans Be 'Forgotten'
Following in Google's footsteps.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
T-Mobile Calls 'BS' on AT&T's New Promotion
While Verizon Wireless is moving to throttle bandwidth hogs, a scrappy T-Mobile is taking on the giants with a limited-time promotion it hopes will drive up the churn rates of its wireless rivals.
 
Microsoft Update to Windows Phone 8.1 Already Coming
An update to Windows Phone 8.1 is on the way just weeks after the release of the product itself. Microsoft has begun detailing some of the update features to phone manufacturers.
 
Stanford Researchers Report Battery Breakthrough
Stanford researchers have found a way to use lithium in a battery's anode, a breakthrough that could triple capacity and has been described as the "holy grail of battery science."
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.