Top Microsoft investors want Mulally, Lawrie on CEO shortlist

At least three of Microsoft's (MSFT) leading 20 investors reportedly want the company to appoint a turnaround specialist to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO, and have urged the board to consider Ford (F) boss Alan Mulally and Computer Sciences (CSC) chief Mike Lawrie.

Mulally, who has revived Ford, has reiterated over the past week or so that he plans to stay at the automaker until the end of 2014. There has been speculation that he could step down earlier if an appealing job were to come along.

Lawrie helped turn U.K. financial software company Misys around. He also worked for almost three decades with Microsoft director John Thompson, who's heading the CEO search. In addition, Lawrie was a general partner at ValueAct Capital, an activist Microsoft shareholder that has been offered a seat on the board.

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  • Tdot
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    "There has been speculation that he could step down earlier if an appealing job were to come along."


    What an excellent example of weasel-wording! You don't have an actual reliable and authoritative source, so you make something up out of thin air, pretend to attribute it to someone else by saying "There has been speculation..." and in doing so implying that you actually have a source, and you got your spectacular headline and "scoop". Of clumped kitty litter.


    This is what they teach in Journalism school these days. What a bunch of weasels.


    I understand that the former COO of Renault Carlos Tavares who quit to try to take over Ford or GM (they told him he can go fish himself) is still looking for work. There has been speculation that he is now the top choice for Microsoft's CEO job. No, really - there is such speculation because I just now thought of it and said it. STOP THE PRESSES, we got us another Scoop!
    10 Sep 2013, 05:11 AM Reply Like
  • RipCrackle
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    I completely agree.


    The first thing I thought was, "Mullaly and Lawrie, is this for real?!" MSFT is a technology company that keeps breaking record profits. The last thing they need is a "turnaround" specialist who is a technology nub.


    What a disaster that would turn out to be.
    10 Sep 2013, 09:47 AM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    Well, to be fair, Microsoft is still way behind the pack in terms of market share in terms of search engines (Bing!) and mobile phone operating systems. Nevermind their incredible screw-up of Ford's Sync / MyTouch in-car operating systems.


    Desktop and Home PCs seem to be dying out rapidly in favor of iPads and iPods and iPhones (etc.), and Smart TVs and Playstations and such, and folks with Windows Mobile or Windows Phone software instead of Google's Android or Apple's iOS are roundly ridiculed for their absurdly stupid choice in cell phones and touch pads. Nobody but Ford lets MS anywhere near their cars.


    MS may be strong now, but it may just be the last remaining obese dinosaur, bloated and devouring the last remnants of its own rotting flesh.
    10 Sep 2013, 11:35 AM Reply Like
  • 1kaiden
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    It may not have been your intent, but what you wrote made me chuckle long and loud. Great offset on a grey, cloudy day.
    10 Sep 2013, 01:30 PM Reply Like
  • omnimoeish
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    Microsoft has never looked like they're heading for BK, even now with PC sales declining 11% year over year, and a not so wildly popular Windows 8 OS simply because they have a monopoly. 90% market share means there's no point in anyone ever trying to compete with that. Linux has been in development for decades and it's free and there's drivers and support for it, and there's still almost nobody that uses it. Same with Office. So Microsoft doesn't need a turn around as far as bottom line. But Microsoft needs a turn around in the culture sense. Mulally would be very intriguing because he has a great sense of taste. He's done such a good job at Ford it's been hit after good idea after precient decision after hit after hit. That's totally not how I'd describe Microsoft's track record over the last 10 years. It's been dumb idea after write down, after Vista, after billions wasted on Kin, billions wasted on Danger, billions wasted on Windows RT, after nobody wants to write apps for Windows Phone, and Nokia sells them their nearly bankrupt phone division.
    10 Sep 2013, 12:15 PM Reply Like
  • Barn Al
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    Not even Mulally could turn around Microsoft
    10 Sep 2013, 10:19 PM Reply Like
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