Ford’s CEO Might Replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO image

According to the Wall Street Journal’s online blog sources Ford CEO Alan Mullaly might replace Steve Ballmer and become the CEO of Microsoft.

Although Mulally has previously shown reluctance regarding to the job, the Wall Street Journal’s online blog reported that Ford’s CEO is among the top preferences in a list of possible candidates.

Mulally, 68, is responsible for Ford’s turnaround, as his strategy included expanding the US automaker’s presence and duplicating assets and brands to focus on Lincoln and Ford. Analysts believe that Microsoft too has to refocus on its core brands and do similar assets paring.

Mulally, who was also Boeing CEO,has a close relationship with Bill gates whose opinion weighs much in choosing the successor for Ballmer. Ford and Microsoft have signed a partnership when they worked to develop Ford’s Synch infotainment system. Bill Ford Jr., the one who recruited Mulally, said that he prefers Mulally to stay at Ford until he will retire.

According to persons familiar with the matter, Ford’s board of directors is now open to letting him step down earlier as he explores other roles.

“Nothing has changed from what we announced in November,” said Ford spokesman Jay Cooney, referring to Mulally’s plans to remain through 2014.