Feeds

Microsoft's next CEO: Who it WON'T be – Ford turn-around chief Mulally

Round up the usual post Ballmer suspects, folks

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Microsoft’s next CEO won’t be Ford Motor Company's turn-around star Alan Mulally.

Mulally is said to have ruled himself out of contention for succeeding Steve Ballmer, halting the rumour mill spun up by journalists and those on Wall Street.

Ford’s chief told the Associated Press he would remain at Ford for at least this year.

“I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford,” he is reported to have said. “You don’t have to worry about me leaving.”

A Ford spokesperson is reported to have reinforced the point for the FT (subscription needed), saying: “Alan made it perfectly clear that he wanted to end all speculation.”

Ford had said in December its CEO wasn't leaving the company.

Neither Mulally nor Microsoft have ever said the he was in the running to become next Microsoft CEO.

Mulally’s name was first connected to the Microsoft spot in September, the month after Ballmer’s surprise resignation was announced.

Last November, Nomura Securities analyst Rick Sherlund was adamant Mulally would named as Microsoft CEO and that it would happen in December.

The Ford chief made his name turning around the car company. Mulally conducted a wide-ranging restructuring and ultimately reversed its lost market share.

It was expected he’d work a similar magic at Redmond.

The news means attention now shifts to a list of names for the CEO post, a list that has also neither been confirmed nor denied by Microsoft or those named.

Unnamed sources now reckon the search is down to a “handful” of candidates, with Microsoft having promised to wrap up the hunt in “early” 2014.

On that list are: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, set to rejoin Microsoft as the company’s purchase of Nokia sails through the approval process; Redmond's server and tools president Satya Nadella; and Business Development chief – and favourite of Silicon Valley air heads – Tony Bates, who used to run the Skype division.

An insider such as these would likely be a better-suited candidate in terms of fitting in with Microsoft’s rather unique culture – a culture that has proved famously intolerant of those coming from outside the company.

It will also likely mean the next CEO is comfortable with having both founder Bill Gates and their soon-to-be-predecessor CEO Ballmer looking over their shoulder from the board.

Such a person, though, is unlikely to bring a fresh perspective and detachment Microsoft needs from an outsider with a proven reform track record, like Mulally.

That said, it’s worth nothing. Elop was on The Reg’s list of candidate picks right after the news of Ballmer’s resignation. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.