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A new name has emerged for the top job at Microsoft, which will soon be vacated by Steve Ballmer. Alan Mulally is currently CEO of Ford, and he is reportedly in negotiations to lead the Redmond computing giant.
All Things D reports that Mulally is in serious talks with Microsoft for the position, and Reuters reports that the way has been cleared for him at Ford to step down should he choose. He is edging out Nokia CEO Stephen Elop because of his experience in working companies through turnaround periods. Elop currently heads the devices and services division of Microsoft.
Mulally reportedly also advised current Microsoft CEO Ballmer on the company's new organizational structure. That same structure put Julie Larson-Green and then Stephen Elop (who took over the role when Microsoft purchased Nokia earlier this month) at the top of the entertainment products, which is where the Xbox brand lives.
We've reached out to Microsoft for comment and will be monitoring this story.
[Source: All Things D]
Our TakeMulally might not seem like the right choice on the surface, but given his history in turning companies around, he might just be what Microsoft needs. Bill Gates is reportedly heavily involved in the selection process (as one would expect), and if Mulally gets his blessing, we could be learning more about a transition with Mulally the incoming CEO very soon.
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"Mulally might not seem like the right choice on the SURFACE..."
Ha. Likely unintentional, but it gave me a laugh.
Under this guy's leadership, Ford was turned around without a taxpayer bailout. That's a big one in the plus column in my opinion.
I think it's a risky move, but I'm not opposed to it. In fact, I'm actually quite intrigued. The guy has a solid track record, and a fresh perspective might be just the thing that can help Microsoft get back on track with the gaming community.
I'm not going to act like I know all the ins and outs of the business, but what I do know is that I do NOT want yet another traditional gaming/tech CEO like the ones we already have in place calling the shots. At least with this guy, there's a sense of optimism in the unknown. He may turn out to be just like all the rest, but there's a chance a fresh perspective could turn out to be beneficial to not only MS, but to the consumers as well. Wishful thinking maybe, but better that than the same old, same old.
I like that idea actually, Mulally has a great track record. I hope he gets the job.
i ....don't like the idea ... i rather a guy whos part of the industy vs say automotive get the spot
Well that's... unexpected. A car guy running one of the biggest tech companies, if not the biggest, in the world?
risky, but as long as you have common sense, you can run a company...so leaders don't have that...he might do well...
Makes sense to me. The CEO should be concerned with the business of his company. He doesn't need to be involved in the development of technology or new hardware/software. He would be responsible for stating the direction the company is moving in based on profitability. It is the job of their department heads to fill him in on what they are doing and why it will be awesome/profitable.
I have one suggestion for their new CEO. As someone who works in a business enterprise with Windows "Please move your Professional Services Support out of India and make the Texas department the first stop for Professional Services. I have never had them solve anything for me and we pay a hefty fee for MS support cases year after year."