Microsoft expects to finish CEO search in early 2014

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

Microsoft (MSFT -0.7%) director/search committee chief John Thompson states his company expects to finish its drawn-out CEO search "in the early part of 2014."

Thompson adds Microsoft initially started with a list of over 100 (!) possible CEO candidates, eventually narrowed it to ~20 people, and then did "deeper research and investigation."

He also notes Bill Gates has said the job requires "the ability to lead a highly technical organization and work with top technical talent." Those comments come a week after Bloomberg reported Alan Mulally's candidacy had "faded" due to concerns about his lack of an IT background. Mulally did, however, run product design teams at Boeing.