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Microsoft wants to hire new CEO year-end

  • Microsoft's (MSFT) board reportedly hopes to appoint a CEO to replace Steve Ballmer by the end of the year and is narrowing down the list of candidates amid preliminary interviews.
  • Directors have spoken with Ford (F) CEO Alan Mulally, ex-Nokia boss CEO Stephen Elop and former top Microsoft executive Paul Maritz, as well as with Tony Bates, the company's evangelism chief.
  • Some candidates have asked not to be on the shortlist, including eBay (EBAY) CEO John Donahoe.
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  • mitrado
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    Me, me, me... pick me!
    10 Oct 2013, 07:46 AM Reply Like
  • Phil Shiffell
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    Put Indra Nooy on the list!
    10 Oct 2013, 08:35 AM Reply Like
  • keentolearn
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    CEO of Nokia on list of candidates. Lol.
    10 Oct 2013, 09:36 AM Reply Like
  • Vipertom
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    Name one former Microsoft executive that went on to become successful elsewhere. I suspect it is the culture at Mr. Softee that has held these people back. Promoting from within would not be a good thing for Mr. Softee investors (especially Mr. Elop after what he demonstrated at Nokia).
    10 Oct 2013, 11:53 AM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    Are you joking? Elop turned Nokia around, something Blackberry couldn't do.
    11 Oct 2013, 09:50 PM Reply Like
  • EdG0000
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    My favorite is Rich Barton - founder of Expedia, Zillow, Glassdoor to name a few. Many more can be found at
    13 Oct 2013, 10:00 AM Reply Like
  • indiantrix
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    Bring back Michael R. Hallman, President of MSFT c. 1990-1992. Experience: 19 yrs IBM, 3 yrs Boeing Computers, led development of Windows 3.1, to revamp the lame 3.0.
    10 Oct 2013, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • dbc430
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    It's interesting that Alan Mulally didn't ask to have his name removed from the shortlist. Ford had better stay alert!
    11 Oct 2013, 03:29 PM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    dbc - balogna.


    Mulally has said at least a dozen times in the last year that he "loves" serving at Ford's, and is remaining there at least until after 2014.


    For the record, that means AFTER 2014. Not 2013. Not June 2014. Not even December 2014. After 2014 could be August 2015 when he turns 70. But if he remains healthy, heck it could be August 2020 when he turns 75. Bill Ford has said Alan can stay on-board indefinitely - even another 20 years if he wants.


    In addition, Ford's Board of Directors reinforced that Mulally this past week that Alan is committed to staying.


    So how many more times must Mulally and Ford say "NO"? Who is next on the mass media's gossip list? Sears/Kmart?


    Well heck, let's start that one right now. Scoop Headline: Ford's Mulally Said to be Candidate to Head Up Sears Holdings! Because I said so based on "an inside source", whatever that is. My tapeworm perhaps?


    12 Oct 2013, 09:22 AM Reply Like
  • gmmpa
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    I am long Ford. Mulally is 67 years old. He needs to stay at Ford and contribute to the success of my retirement portfolio. Microsoft needs a Meg Whitman, Marissa Mayer or another younger visionary software or information technology type. Microsoft is no IBM and never will be with the current management team and corporate culture. It does not need a manufacturing type like Louis Gerstner to pull its chestnuts out of the fire. The board needs to just fire Ballmer and Gates and purge Gate's cronies from the board and go from there. These guys award themselves and sell way too many stock options monthly. Thees options are not properly tied to growth. These have had the effect of keeping Microsoft stock in a $25 - $31 trading range for a decade. I say this because I owned Microsoft three time since the 80's. Three times I gave them the benefit of the doubt. Like the song goes three times a fool:
    12 Oct 2013, 01:19 PM Reply Like
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