Follow us:

Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Janet I. Tu.

January 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Mulally staying at Ford, not coming to Microsoft

Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who for a while there seemed to be the candidate to beat to become Microsoft’s next CEO, said today that he is not coming to Microsoft and that he will be staying at Ford at least through 2014.

That’s according to The Associated Press, which reported that in an interview with Mulally, the Ford CEO had said he wanted to end the Microsoft speculation.

Current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced in August that he would be retiring once his successor has been chosen.

Since then, reports and speculation had favored Mulally early on, as well as Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s executive vice president of its Cloud and Enterprise division. More recent reports indicated the board was leaning toward dark horse candidates with high-tech experience such as Qualcomm COO Steve Mollenkopf (who was named Qualcomm CEO a day after news reports surfaced that he was being considered for Microsoft’s CEO position).

Microsoft’s board search committee had reportedly hoped to have the successor chosen by the end of last year but said last month that it didn’t expect to finish its work until about early 2014.

Microsoft shares were down about 1 percent in after-hours trading; Ford shares were up about 1 percent.

Comments | More in Microsoft | Topics: alan mulally, ceo

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►