Microsoft Narrows CEO Shortlist: Ford’s Mulally and Nokia’s Elop Make the Cut

Microsoft Corp has established list of potential CEO’s to replace Steve Ballmer who leaves the company.

Microsoft has narrowed the list of potential Chief Executives to five candidates, among whom are Ford Motor Co chief Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, claims insiders familiar with the matter. Photo: jef2k85/Flickr

The software giant has recently announced that in its shortlist got only three of the cadidates, including former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who is now in charge of Microsoft’s business development, and Satya Nadella, the company’s cloud and enterprise chief.

Initially the company has selected 50 people who were likely to become a new chief of the massive corporation. According to sources, it took several months to do that.

The names of other candidates are still unknown, but the search committee consides executives from different sectors, including life sciences and consumer, Reuters reports.

The world’s most famous software maker declined to comment both on the process of selecting the future CEO and on the candidates. A Nokia representatives were not available for comments.

Ford spokesman Jay Cooney said: “There is no change from what we announced last November. Alan remains fully focused on continuing to make progress on our One Ford plan. We do not engage in speculation.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft investors call the board to find Ballmer’s successor as soon as possible. They also insist that the new Chief Executive should be a turnaround expert.

Steve Ballmer followed his own policy that was focused on making devices, such as the Surface tablet and Xbox gaming console, and turning key software into services provided over the Internet.

However, not it appears that some investors say that a new CEO should concentrate on something different from Ballmer’s strategy. They are concerned that, with both Gates and Ballmer up for re-election to Microsoft’s board, they will retain their influence over the company.

Steve Ballmer announced his decision to retire from his post back in August, after three decades at Microsoft’s steering wheel.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said in a statement.

The company needed a leader who could see through its reorganisation and new strategy, he added. “My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

Ballmer’s planned exit came just weeks after the company announced a major reorganization and delivered an earnings report that showed across-the-board weakness in the business, including dismal sales of the company’s new Surface tablet and a lukewarm reaction to the crucial Windows 8 operating system.

Back in September, Ballmer said his farewell to the company’s employees has been captured in a video that reveals the passion and love he seems to have for his work.

The video for Microsoft employees begins with a red-faced and extremely sad chief executive on stage, bathed in the glare of stadium spotlights as thousands of employees look on.

In what appears to be an exprompt speech, Ballmer unveiles his own vision of his love for the job and Microsoft employees.

With his voice wavering, Ballmer says, “This isn’t about any one person, it’s about the company … It’s my whole professional world. Microsoft is like a fourth child to me. Children do leave the house. In this case, I guess I’m leaving the house.”

However, things change drastically as the Microsoft CEO performs his exit music, the theme from the 1987 film Dirty Dancing called, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

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