Microsoft leaning towards Ford Motors' CEO to replace Ballmer, Stephen Elop no longer in the running

Microsoft leaning towards Ford Motors' CEO to replace Ballmer, Stephen Elop no longer in the running
Not surprisingly, Microsoft might bet on an outsider to run one of the richest tech companies in the world, with Bloomberg reporting that the executive board leans towards poaching Ford Motor's CEO Alan Mulally, who did wonders with the car and truck maker, never needing a government bailout.

From the internal candidates, the current executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, Satya Nadella, is preferred over other Microsoft candidates, says the publication, and Stephen Elop seems to no longer be in the running. We wouldn't worry too much about Mr Elop, what with the many millions he got for bringing Nokia right into the arms of Microsoft, and securing one of the best hardware makers in the smartphone industry for less than what Redmond paid to acquire Skype. 

Whether or not Microsoft will take the huge gamble of bringing an outsider to the tech giant, and put Surface infotainment systems in the dashboard of our F-150s, remains to be seen.

source: Bloomberg

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19 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice. Good to hear that Flop is going out.

4. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

He deserved this :/ Kick that Trojan horse out.

8. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

triple a flop

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LMAO! Selling Nokia to Microsoft doesn't help you, Elop!

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But the 25 mil he pocketed does help Elop. He already made out like a bandit this would have just been the cherry on that S__T sandwich he made. Now they're bringing in an ageing car company exec to take a tech company into the new age of tech....MS is definitely going to the top.

3. philfoster

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

No Elop please, he will destroy Microsoft...

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Send Elop to Apple and he will blend it to Apple juice.

10. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Or to Google for Scroogled coming true.

13. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I hope Alan won't be the kind of guy Ballmer turned out to be ...

14. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A buffoon?

5. GeekMovement unregistered

I'm looking forward to what Microsoft has to bring in the future with the new CEO.

6. papss unregistered

I'd like to hear Joe's name brought into this too

9. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

I hate Elop really because he destroyed my favorite phone maker NOKIA and I wish he will be fired from Microsoft

12. Mikele

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

I welcome an outsider leading MSN to floppy Elop he destroyed my best phone maker!

15. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Send Elop to the next company MS wants to acquire. He will destroy it, devalue it and hand it over to MS cheap.

16. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

.....and today's "rumor about MS's next CEO" winner is.....

17. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I never understood how companies look for CEOs. When on the lookout, are some of them desired above others only because they know how to make money? To me, right now, this simply looks like asking a sumo wrestler to take the spot of a professional ballerina in some recital - complete opposites. :S Please enlighten me.

18. theminolaboy

Posts: 128; Member since: May 18, 2013

"We wouldn't worry too much about Mr Elop, what with the many millions he got for bringing Nokia right into the arms of Microsoft, and securing one of the best hardware makers in the smartphone industry for less than what Redmond paid to acquire Skype." I couldn't agree more.. Such a painful truth..

19. Lesuzannee

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 29, 2013

If Mulally does get appointed, he will be able to utilize his previous experience at Ford in terms of changing the culture, but handling dozens of product lines in a tech company will be something new and challenging for him. Whether he will be able to succeed or not, only time will tell.

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