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Ford motor CEO Alan Mulally seen as new contendor for Microsoft’s top job

Ford’s CEO has experience revitalizing brands, but he may have a tough competitor in Computer Sciences Corp CEO Mike Lawrie.


Two new faces have been added to the list of contenders vying for the top job at Microsoft.

Without a doubt the CEO question is one of the most hotly debated topics of the decade amongst Microsoft watchers. It has all the intensity and suspense as the moments before a Triple Crown horse race, with bookmakers doing brisk business on their betting pools.

Amongst the betting crowd, Former Nokia CEO-turned-Microsoft executive Stephen Elop has the best chances of taking the top job. While there may be some inside knowledge being played on the betting table, there is no obvious reason that Elop is favoured to take the top job.

Now, sources “familiar with the matter” inside Microsoft have told Reuters that three of Microsoft’s 20 biggest investors are urging the board to consider Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Computer Sciences Corp CEO Mike Lawrie.

Mulally’s time at Ford is defined by the transformation he lead the company through. He came to Ford in 2006 as it struggled to remain profitable in an era of rising gas prices and tough competition from Toyota. His restructuring plan, called “The Way Forward”, reorganized the company leading to a return to profitability. Ford, unlike its rivals General Motors and Chrysler, did not take a bailout from the government largely because of the financial stability Mulally endowed upon the company.

While Lawrie’s career isn’t as prominent as Mulally’s, he does have experience in reorganizing and turning around companies. Reuters reports that he worked to reorganize financial software company Misys Plc, and worked under IBM CEO Lou Gerstner as he turned around the company in the early 2000s.

Naturally, nobody is talking on the record to the press about this. Mulally said to Reuters that he remains committed to Microsoft.

Source: Reuters

Via: The Verge

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