- Though opinions on the merits of making Ford CEO Alan Mulally Microsoft's (MSFT +1.5%) next CEO vary plenty, investors collectively appear keen on the idea; Microsoft closed today near its September highs.
- USA Today's Bryan Acohido, who followed Mulally closely when he was at Boeing, praises the innovations he helped bring to the aviation giant's product line, such as its first fly-by-wire jetliner. He also declares Mulally to have "terrific people skills," and a reputation as a "consensus builder."
- Forbes' Tony Bradley isn't convinced. While calling the 68-year-old Mulally "a very capable leader," he argues Microsoft "needs a younger, more dynamic CEO with more of an entrepreneurial tech startup mentality."
- Bradley: "Microsoft is filled with genius at almost every level, but that talent needs to be marshaled and coordinated toward a grand vision that defines the future of technology rather than reacting to it." Skype's Tony Bates, reportedly also on Microsoft's CEO shortlist, is one of his preferred choices.
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Microsoft closes above $33 as Mulally mulled
Sep 27 2013, 17:52 ET