WSJ: Microsoft board divided on CEO search

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

As it searches for Steve Ballmer's replacement, Microsoft's (MSFT) board is divided over whether the person should be a tech visionary/expert or a seasoned exec skilled at running a large organization, the WSJ reports.

At least eight outsiders and two internal candidates have reportedly been approached, including Alan Mulally, Stephen Elop, Oracle president/ex-H-P CEO Mark Hurd (said to be uninterested), Infor CEO Charles Phillips, server/cloud chief Satya Nadella, and Skype chief Tony Bates.

If it's any comfort to the board, pundits appear just as divided on which direction Microsoft should go, as evidenced by the reactions to a report Mulally is the frontrunner to be Microsoft's next CEO.

Bloomberg recently reported the board wants to name a new CEO by year's end.