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Microsoft's Next CEO: Ford's Mulally As 'Caretaker'?

Microsoft directors want Alan Mulally to shepherd the company through its restructuring while an insider is groomed for the CEO role, reports say.

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Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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11/21/2013 | 2:19:55 PM
Re: Technology first
I just don't have confidence that a skilled manager can innovate enough to keep Microsoft in the game without deep technical knowledge. Skilled management will make Microsoft's existing business more efficient, but it won't necessarily allow the company to make the leaps it needs to reinvent itself and capture new markets.
aditshar
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11/21/2013 | 7:22:52 AM
Re: Technology first
Mulally seems best fit, MS needs someone with fresh and new blood who can boost the engine again paralley if i look at Elop, What i can stand accounted for, beyond killing the Symbian operating system and lots of job cuts?
ChrisMurphy
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11/20/2013 | 8:33:40 PM
Re: Technology first
Mulally faced the same questions going into Ford -- 'FORD really needs an AUTOMOTIVE visionary at its helm.' But what Ford really needed was someone who could nurture one of the industry's all-time great cash cows (the F-150 pickup), kill off its me-too products (minivans), and launch some successful new products while creating more of a one-Ford team culture. Sound like Microsoft's challenges?
melgross
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11/20/2013 | 7:39:47 PM
Re: Technology first
I can't agree with that. I remember that Gerstner was criticized for that very reason when he took over IBM. The truth is that being a technology leader can cause blindness in business, where the technology isn't always the reason why a technology company is having problems. With Microsoft, it's management. Let's face it. One major reason Microsoft got where it did was because of the nefarious leadership of Gates, and his skirting the law. After that was neutralized, Microsoft hasn't done as well. Perhaps we need someone who can lead this company without needing to bully other companies and cause another federal lawsuits. I see one coming up regarding the integration of Bing and IE in the Modern UI.
cbabcock
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11/20/2013 | 6:45:43 PM
Whither Microsoft? Consumer or data center company?
If Microsoft insists on trying to be the top consumer devices company (good luck on that), then Satya Nadella doesn't have much of a shot at the CEO's slot. But if Microsoft directors realize what a great position they have in the data center and potentially in cloud computing, Nadella in 2-3 years is a highly promising pick.
Shane M. O'Neill
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11/20/2013 | 6:17:14 PM
Microsoft does not need a shepherd
I agree with Tom. Microsoft does not need Allan Mulally to hold its hand for a couple years. It's not as if the company is broken. It made $77.85 billion in revenue in fiscal 2013! It just needs a nimble visionary. Not in two years. Now!
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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11/20/2013 | 3:48:56 PM
Technology first
I'm sure Mulally is a fine executive but Microsoft really needs a technology visionary at its helm. Yahoo lost its way under Terry Semel, a Hollywood exec rather than tech leader. Microsoft can't afford to make a similar mistake. It needs someone like Ray Ozzie.
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