- 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.
at CNBC.com (Nov 19, 2014)