Mulally Is Out but Microsoft Is Closer to Naming a New CEO
Written by: Gary Krakow
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Reuters quoted "sources familiar with the process" as saying Microsoft is down to "a handful of individual names."
The shortlist reportedly includes former Nokia
Mulally announced his plans on Tuesday to remain at Ford despite being the leading rumored candidate to replace Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Ford shares jumped at the news in overnight trading on Tuesday.
Mulally told The Associated Press he plans to stay as Ford at least through 2014.
Mulally said, "I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford. When asked whether investors could stop being distracted by the speculation Mulally answered, "You don't have to worry about me leaving."
On the other hand, Mulally didn't reveal his plans after 2014 or whether he'd be interested in the Microsoft post at that time.
A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment on the rumors. "Out of respect for the process and the potential candidates, we don't comment on individual names."
Microsoft did't give any clues as to when it might be able to announce its new boss. The company's executive search committee, headed by Bill Gates, had hoped to name a successor to Ballmer by the end of last year.
-- Written by Gary Krakow in New York.
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