“According to sources close to the situation, Ford CEO Alan Mulally has vaulted to the forefront of the candidates to become the new CEO of Microsoft,” Kara Swisher reports for AllThingsD.
“People with knowledge of the situation said that while the 68-year-old Mulally — who has been CEO of Ford for seven years and is a well-known business star — was not seeking the job at first, he has become more amenable to the idea in recent weeks,” Swisher reports. “Among the factors: Mulally was a former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes in the Seattle area and has long wanted to return there, where he continues to keep a home. In addition, he was a close adviser to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in his recent effort to create a new management structure for the company.”
Swisher reports, “Sources said that while [Nokia CEO Stephen] Elop has remained a top candidate, there has been a shift in recent weeks toward Mulally, who has much turnaround experience.”
Read more in the full article – recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: Don’t blow it, Microsoft board! Stephen Elop is your next CEO. We like that strategy. We like it a lot.
That said, Mulally is the genius who decided to go with Microsoft SYNC/MyFord Touch which sank Ford customer satisfaction ratings to new depths, so he might be perfect for the job!
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