Well, this might throw a wrench into widespread speculation that Ford CEO Alan Mulally will be named Microsoft CEO shortly.
Edsel Ford II, a Ford company director, told Bloomberg News that “Alan is staying through the end of 2014 and that’s all I know” and that Mulally had “told us that his plan is to stay with Ford through the end of 2014.”
Mulally has never flat-out denied that he was being courted for the top Microsoft job or that he was interested. He has said — and Ford spokesman have reiterated several times — that “nothing has changed” regarding his plans to stay with Ford at least through next year.
It’s still plausible that Mulally could come to Microsoft late next year, given that when current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement last August, he gave a 12-month window in which to do so.
Microsoft shares are trading this morning at $37.53, down about 3.6 percent.