According to people familiar with the matter, Microsoft’s board of directors considered Alan Mulally as a candidate to succeed Steve Ballmer as CEO; while Ford’s Executive Chairman Bill Ford says the automaker plans to keep Mulally.
Ford is moving to downsize speculation about Mulally, 68, leaving the company, after news broke that he is considered among the main candidates to become the next CEO of Microsoft Corp.
“The plan is he’s going to stick around,” Ford, 56, said of Mulally in an interview with Bloomberg. “I’m happy he’s sticking around. But we also feel really good about where we are in terms of succession.”
“He’s here as long as he and I would like it to happen,” the chairman said. “We’re also cognizant of training the next generation and getting them ready to go as well.”
Meanwhile, people from Microsoft who asked not to be identified because the process is confidential, said that Mulally’s came up alongside others like former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Microsoft business development and evangelism chief Tony Bates; and former Microsoft No. 3 executive Paul Maritz. Also, the people said the search process is still in the early stages and the board isn’t close to making a decision.