According to a source familiar with the subject, during a Ford directors meeting this week in Dearborn, Michigan, future plans concerning Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally, who is considered a candidate for the top job at Microsoft, are likely to come up.
According to the person, who asked to remain anonymous because board gatherings are private, the subject will probably come up at an informal dinner Oct. 9 or before presentations begin on October 10.
Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Mulally and Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields — the heir apparent to the top Ford job — all have said that Ford’s plan to keep Mulally through 2014 hasn’t suffered any changes.
“This is not something that can be just left hanging,” said Maryann Keller, an auto-industry consultant who has served as director on six boards. “If there’s going to be a new leader for Ford, then that new leader has to be appointed and named quickly.”
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer disclosed back in August that he was going to retire. Directors, headed by Chairman Bill Gates, have been negotiating the potential CEO candidates, naming among them Mulally, 68, former Nokia Oyj CEO Stephen Elop, Microsoft business development and evangelism chief Tony Bates, and former Microsoft No. 3 executive Paul Maritz, according to sources close to the matter.