Microsoft wants to hire new CEO year-end

|About: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)|By:, SA News Editor

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.