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January 29, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Report: Vestberg says he’s committed to Ericsson, has no plans to be Microsoft CEO

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg (Photo from Ericsson)

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg (Photo from Ericsson)

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg reportedly told his board of directors today that he is committed to the company and has no plans to leave to become Microsoft’s CEO, according to a Bloomberg report.

Today’s report follows an earlier report saying that Vestberg was among the candidates Microsoft’s board was considering to succeed CEO Steve Ballmer, who announced in August that he would be retiring sometime within 12 months, upon the selection of his successor.

In December, John Thompson, who is heading the Microsoft board’s CEO search committee, said the board was focusing its attentions on about 20 people and was expecting to reach a decision sometime in early 2014.

Vestberg apparently joins Ford’s Alan Mulally, Qualcomm’s Steve Mollenkopf and Pivotal’s Paul Maritz as high-profile executives who have reportedly been considered as successors to Ballmer but have removed themselves from the running.

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