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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.

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December 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Report: Qualcomm’s COO now a contender for Microsoft CEO job

[Update Dec. 13, 2013: Mollenkopf as Microsoft CEO? Not so much. Qualcomm just announced that Mollenkopf will become its new CEO in March, succeeding current CEO Paul Jacobs.]

It really is like watching a horse race.

Just a few weeks ago, the race to become Microsoft CEO looked like it was Alan Mulally’s to lose. Now there are rumblings and reports about Microsoft’s board cooling on Mulally and turning to other candidates with more technical experience. And several sources are talking about the rise of some dark horse candidates.

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December 5, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Report: Ford director says Alan Mulally staying through end of 2014

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.”

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November 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Sherlund: “Likely” that Mulally will be named Microsoft CEO by December

Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally (Photo from Ford)

Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally (Photo from Ford)

On the heels of yesterday’s report that Microsoft has narrowed its short list for possible CEOs to succeed retiring CEO Steve Ballmer, veteran Microsoft analyst Rick Sherlund, with investment bank Nomura,  is predicting that Alan Mulally will be named Microsoft’s new CEO by December.

Based on his conversations with industry contacts, Sherlund said, he believes the three top candidates being considered by Microsoft’s search committee are Ford CEO and former Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Mulally, Boeing chairman and CEO James McNerney, and Tyco chairman and former Tyco CEO Edward Breen. Sherlund does not believe any internal candidates are at the top of the short list — including Nokia Devices & Services head Stephen Elop, who is expected to return to Microsoft once Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia if finalized.

And, based on those conversations with industry contacts, Sherlund says, he believes that “consensus has come together that Mulally is the guy.”

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September 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Microsoft shares up — due to reports of Mulally being considered for next CEO?

Microsoft shares closed up 1.5 percent today, trading at $33.27.

Is that due to this report in AllThingsD saying that former Boeing Commercial Airplanes and current Ford CEO Alan Mulally is now the top contender to succeed outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer?

Ballmer announced last month that he would be retiring within 12 months, once his successor has been chosen.

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