Alan Mulally, CEO of carmaker Ford has rather firmly maintained that he is not leaving his current company until at least 2014, which on second thought is not all that far away.
Still, even though he is said to be the leading candidate to take over the Redmond Empire from Steve Ballmer, the man is once again mum on the matter. Once again, he had denied speculation on a possible switch to Microsoft, just like he has done on every single occasion in the past.
According to a story over at Detroit Free Press, Mulally again put down the talk, adding that things have not changed from the announcement in last November — back then, Mulally made it clear that he planned on staying with Ford until 2014.
All this while a recent report pegged him as the leading candidate on Microsoft’s shortlist for a new CEO.
The shortlist, it is said, includes names like Alan Mulally, Stephen Elop, Satya Nadella, Tony Bates and Kevin Turner as the top choices for the leadership role at the technology titan. Many in this list are internal candidates, a couple as a result of recent acquisition like Skype and Nokia.
Word on the grapevine is that Redmond has also interviewed a few external candidates, but these talks died down fast, leaving Alan Mulally standing as the number one contender.
Many analysts expect to see the current Ford boss as the new Microsoft CEO as early as next month.