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.