Only a scant few hours after Microsoft announced it was appointing longtime company executive Satya Nadella as the company’s third CEO, a standing-room-only crowd of employees cheered him on at a rally on the Microsoft campus.More
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Microsoft has made it official, announcing today that Satya Nadella will be the company’s new CEO, effective immediately. Nadella will also join Microsoft’s board.
Bill Gates will step down as chairman of the board to assume the title of founder and technology adviser, which Microsoft said will allow him to devote more time to the company supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. Gates remains a board member.More
Following on yesterday’s report, from Bloomberg, that Microsoft’s board was preparing to name Satya Nadella as CEO and that it was discussing replacing Bill Gates as chairman, comes this interesting analysis today from Re/code’s Kara Swisher on why Gates might be willing to step down from the chairmanship. Among the reasons she cites: Perhaps Gates will…More
Satya Nadella, who currently heads Microsoft’s division providing infrastructure, tools and services to corporations and IT departments, will reportedly be named new Microsoft CEO, according to a report today from Bloomberg, which said the board is preparing to make that move. The report also says the board is considering replacing Bill Gates as Microsoft chairman…More
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…More
Some may still hold out hope that Bill Gates will return to lead the company he co-founded but Gates himself reiterated, once again, that he has no plans to do so. In an interview today with Bloomberg Television, Gates said: “My full-time work will be the foundation for the rest of my life. My wife,…More
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.More
Microsoft’s board said today it will not decide on a new CEO until probably early 2014.
John Thompson, chairman of the Microsoft board’s search committee, posted an update on the progress of the CEO search.More
Well, that was fast.
A day after reports surfaced that Qualcomm COO Steve Mollenkopf was one of several contenders being considered to become the next Microsoft CEO, Qualcomm announced that Mollenkopf would become its CEO in March.More
[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.More