Microsoft Wants To Hire New CEO Before 2014
Microsoft is hoping to have a new CEO in place before the end of the year.
Sources close to the hunt for Steve Ballmer’s replacement told the Bloomberg newswire that preliminary interviews have already taken place with candidates, with the aim of announcing the new leader before 2014.
Citing people close to the matter, the source is also adding that eBay CEO John Donahoe was invited to a short round of negotiations, but he quickly declined any possibility to join Microsoft in the near future.
There’s no still no indication on who could take over from Ballmer, but others reports are pointing out that Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally too is the leading candidate for this position, even though he repeatedly said that he wants to stay with the American carmaker until 2014.
Outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer said in his retirement announcement that he would step down sometime within the next 12 months, as soon as a successor is found.
It appears, however, that this upper management shift is set to take place a lot sooner, as Microsoft’s board of directors is willing to find someone to take over the vacant seat before December 31.
When Ballmer is replaced, it’s entirely possible that his successor will change Microsoft’s focus. However, it can’t be denied that Ballmer has profoundly influenced Microsoft’s development as one of the wealthiest and successful corporations in history.