Redmond may still be searching for its next CEO, but one can guess things are moving towards the final stretch now with the various public comments made on the matter.
And while the last report on the matter claimed that Ford boss Alan Mulally and Satya Nadella were the leading candidates, the vice president for executive recruiting firm DHR International believes that Elop is the obvious choice for the hot seat.
In an interview with Business Insider, Adam Charlson said that while Alan Mulally sees to be the right candidate, he does not have the technology knowhow necessary to lead such a large organization.
Redmond, Charlson believes, needs a leader that speaks the language of the company:
“There’s a way to force positive change and there’s a way to shock the system where it could possibly break. Getting a CEO of a car company … would abandon the roots of what made company successful.
Microsoft plans to become more of a mobile company. If they are going to abandon that strategy after buying Nokia for $7 billion, that’s highly doubtful. And if they are going to go with a mobile, Elop is the obvious choice.”
Stephen Elop previously served as the head of the Business Division at Microsoft before moving to Nokia, and although it is clear that he is already familiar with the direction the technology titan is heading, the board, it seems, has other ideas.
The special committee tasked with finding a new CEO is expected to announce the new name by the end of the year. The next two or three weeks could be real interesting.