The quest for a new Microsoft CEO continues. Recent reports confirm that the company is looking at both internal and external choices, and we have some new names joining the race (ha!).
The latest on this matter is that at least 3 investors are now interested in seeing Ford’s Alan Mulally head up the Redmond Empire.
Reuters is claiming, citing sources that have asked not to be named, that both Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Computer Sciences CEO Mike Lawrie are now in the mix. Board members have asked the special committee tasked with finding a new leader to place them on the shortlist.
In fact, it seems that the list that Microsoft is looking at has come down to 40 different candidates, both internal and external — Mulally, Lawrie, and former Nokia boss Stephen Elop, however, are in pole-position for this esteemed and important job.
Alan Mulally, 68, a former Boeing engineer, is currently one of the most illustrious names in the business world. He is credited with helping Ford get back on track while coping with the economic recession that hit the Detroit Three back in 2009.
While Mulally very recently reiterated that he wanted to stay with Ford until at least 2014, it seems that the automaker’s board could let him go in case he gets a better offer.
Microsoft recently made it official that current CEO Steve Ballmer would retire within the next 12 months, even as the technology titan recent kicked off a reorganization plan with the aim of getting it closer to a devices and services concept instead of just a software firm.