- Sources tell Kara Swisher Ford (F) CEO and Steve Ballmer confidante Alan Mulally "has vaulted to the forefront" of the list of potential candidates to succeed Ballmer as Microsoft's (MSFT) CEO.
- Though Stephen Elop (set to join Microsoft through the Nokia deal) is still reportedly a top candidate, Swisher's sources claim there has "been a shift in recent weeks toward Mulally," who has shown a knack for corporate turnarounds during his time at Ford and Boeing (but hasn't worked for a tech company).
- Mulally reportedly advised Ballmer on Microsoft's big reorg (I, II).
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AllThingsD: Ford's Mulally now heads list of Ballmer replacements
Sep 26 2013, 17:52 ET