Report: Stephen Elop And Alan Mulally In The Microsoft CEO Shortlist

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Microsoft’s board is in search for the new CEO for Microsoft as current CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring next month. Microsoft previously announced that they are considering both internal and external candidates for this job. Today, Reuters reported that former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and current Ford CEO Alan Mulally are now part of the shortlisted CEO candidates list.

Reuters also revealed that the internal candidates under consideration includes former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who is now responsible for Microsoft’s business development, and Satya Nadella, the company’s cloud and enterprise chief. Microsoft is expected to reveal its upcoming CEO in the coming months once this search process ends.

Source: Reuters



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  • The1nChicago

    I will call it now, CEO Alan Mulally will get the position. Unfortunately, I do not think he is the man for the job.

    • nickcraze

      Hell NO!

      • Habib Wakil

        He doesn’t want it and let’s just hope it stays that way!

        • FateStayNight

          Good, coz I don’t want him as the CEO

        • krayziehustler

          He only says that publicly so Ford shares don’t drop.

    • Orc

      He is not the man if they want to expand the company.

    • donzebe

      I am not ready for Nanosoft

  • glen

    Its should be between Stephen Elop and Satya Nadella. I am heavily leaning Elop.

  • WebUser

    I am not available, so it has to be Elop.

  • SategB

    I’m looking forward to Elop doing for MSFT what he did for Nokia…on second thought maybe I should re-think that…
    :(

    • Orc

      Nokia was a mess when Elop came in. Now its better equipped for the future then ever.

      • SategB

        Nokia was a profitable, leading smartphone mfg when he was hired and a money losing about to go bankrupt soon to be non entity when he left ; this is not success.

        • Orc

          If they were doing so great why did they need to hire Elop?

          • donzebe

            Good, That’s they questions many anti Microsoft / Elop can’t answer.

          • SategB

            I did not say great I said better, with options. Any monkey boy’s son could have done what he did, even you! It does not take much to drive a business into the ground

          • nickcraze

            You sir are the definition of an idiot being that you don’t understand the situation Nokia was in. Everybody knew Nokia was losing market share faster than a speeding bullet. Doing what he did has kept Nokia alive or else they would have been in the same position Blackberry is in. Nokia has become the fourth largest phone OEM and gaining market quarter after quarter.

          • SategB

            Nope the facts prove your mistaken:

            Nokia was not losing market share until AFTER Elop was hired and not until AFTER his infamous memo

            In the future refrain from name calling, even refrain from talking until you know what your talking about.

          • PoohGQ

            Your chart is quite convincing but it doesn’t tell the whole story. When Nokia decided to buy back a bunch load of shares at a time when Apple’s iPhone was just being introduced, was a huge mistake. That money could have been used for R&D to improve Symbian. Also, they made the mistake of ignoring the importance of the US market but choosing to ignore US carriers demands.
            Elop was hired only after Nokia realized that they had made a huge mistake and needed a savior.
            Maybe it would have been a good idea for Nokia/Elop not to announce their exclusivity to WP and instead utilize a similar strategy as Samsung, and not support Windows Phone exclusively while they continued to supply new innovative products based on Symbian (They did introduce two great phones BTW – N9 & 808). It’s just that Elop quickly understood the need to create a single eco-system and negate customer confusion between OVI and Windows Phone Store. And if last quarter’s sales are anything to go by, his strategy is working amazingly for Nokia and Microsoft/WP.
            Now developers will start to take a second look at the underestimated underdog that is Windows Phone.

          • SategB

            You stare a good case but where we differ is what Elop “knew the need for an ecosystem” and his poor execution perusing it.

            He poorly manage the company.

          • PoohGQ

            How did Elop poorly mange the company? It could have possibly gone and Android and ended up like HTC and all the others or remain Symbian and end up like Blackberry. Right now, Nokia is starting to realize the benefits of going Windows Phone. YOY sales have grown significantly and they’re releasing better and better hardware with incredible innovation.

          • nohone

            Wait, the person who routinely calls everyone he disagrees with names is now complaining because he was called an idiot? You have called me an idiot, a moron, and so on, and so on. But I guess it is OK for the person who personally knows Ballmer and is an advisor to Paul Allen to call people who disagree with him names, but do not do the same to him.

          • SategB

            You, sir are mistaking me with someone else. Name calling fellow posters never been my style. I am sorry others have wounded you so deeply, by I can assure you my formable knowledge of the topic precludes such behavior.

          • nohone

            Nope, it was the same arrogant you that posted. Only you would claim to have “formable knowledge” when the word you want is formidable. On second thought, maybe formable is the word you want, knowing what the definition is – “a dummy having the same measurements as a human body.” But hey, you were the one who called yourself that name.

            Of course I could show you where you resorted to calling names, but you are too afraid for others to see what you wrote to create an account so that we could bring up your prior posts.

          • Orc

            Ahonen uses creative accounting when he draws statistics.

        • krayziehustler

          Current profitability is NO indication of future profitability. He knew Symbian was not going to survive so he changed course earlier than most people would have. No if BLACKBERRY would have realized this sooner, maybe they would have fared better

      • Eli_Vance

        Nokia fanboys love their revisionist history. Nokia was circling the drain around the time Elop came in, but they’ll tell you that Nokia was in the same league as Apple

        • Orc

          And they all get their information from the same source: Tomi Ahonen.

  • MMNME

    Not Alan if Ford is any indication of what he would do to Microsoft. Splitting Microsoft up is a very dumb long term strategy that only provides investors short term gain at the cost of the companies future. If Microsoft can execute, they are in my opinion in a better position than their competitors to make a successful and complete ecosystem across multiple platforms.

  • SategB

    Elop was a Ballmer puppet at Nokia and would still be one as MSFT CEO, not something we should want. There is a reason why Ballmer was shown the door.

    Paul Allen and I agree it is time to break up Monkey boys unfocus mess and go back to concentrating on what MSFT is good at; Enterprise.

    • Orc

      That would be very bad from a long term perspective.

    • krayziehustler

      And forfeit the Consumer base to Google and Apple!!!! How does that make any logical sense?

      • SategB

        MSFT Has no consumer base all their profits comes from enterprise. Only consumer product of any success is xbox 360 and that has only 80 million in 8 years. Compare that to iPad 170 million in 3 and all at a profit.

        Consumer product are sexy but does not do anything for the Company.

        • krayziehustler

          Maybe, but without a strong consumer base or no consumer base at all, MS will not exist as the MS we all know.
          Ecosystems are the way for the future and it is the reason RIM is in trouble. They only have BB OS, no other ecosystem. No integration to other services. The future is in Xbox/Windows Phone/Bing/Windows 8/IE/ and Office/Azure/Vstudio all working together in harmony

          • SategB

            Thank you for a reasonable and thoughtful discussion.

            I would agree with your position if it was 2007 but MSFT missed the chance to go that route when Bullmer waisted time and resource with longhorn

          • krayziehustler

            Maybe so and I agree with that… I just think that it is a front where MS can do damage and as a shareholder I’d hate to give in to Google/Apple and just focus on Enterprise, which like you said is the most profitable.
            Enterprises are also changing, gone are the days where the corporate environment was homogenous. What is enterprise to MS in 2013 may not be so in 2020. Enterprise will be consumer driven pretty soon. RIM thought they could ride the Enterprise train forever and have been unseated by consumer devices.

          • SategB

            Yes RIM was a one trick piney. MSFT strength is much deeper in Enterprise with servers, suites, cloud; Azure is going great guns.

        • Eli_Vance

          You’re an idiot.

        • PoohGQ

          170 million iPad in 3yrs compared to 170 million Windows 8 licenses in 8 months! Remember that majority may or may not be enterprise buys for Windows. It just happens to be in that confused division.

          • SategB

            Agreeing agree with you completely, MSFT needs to focus on what they are good with and what they are successful with, and forget the stuff that is not Enterprise. All that other stuff just hurts profits

          • PoohGQ

            Thank you but what I mean is, due to the DOJs sanctions over the years, Microsoft has tried to please all but in the end has some overlapping services such as MSN and Bing. I don’t mean for them to abandon the consumer as it’s a huge portion of the revenue and it matters to the new Microsoft One strategy.

          • SategB

            No problem man & I do see your position in your argument.

            Though the reality consumer impacts the company’s bottom line very finely if not negatively. With resources always being limited – even at MSFT a company should leverage them with a focus on the company’s strength, which looking at the number historically, present and in the future is Enterprise. And that holds true if sales of WP8 Surface and Xbox doubles in the next ten years.

    • PoohGQ

      Yes, Microsoft is big in enterprise, but try taking it out of the consumer market and see how big the effect is. You would see the whole world become dumbed completely instead of the dumbing down of iOS and Android devices on the general populace.
      Microsoft still has a few very profitable consumer division but they’re supplanted by the majority of the ones that are money losers.

      • SategB

        The assumption of people being “dumb down” as a by product of particular OS counter intuitive to “job hired to do” by the products running these OS.

        A more accurate view can be found by reading the book”innovator’s Dilemma” with its discussion of incumbents over serving the market.

  • Eli_Vance

    Please no Mulally.

    He will likely sell off Bing and XBox just to boost up shares for the short term. Not to mention he would probably do away with Windows Phone if he doesn’t see it as being too profitable. He will turn MS into the old boring MS that did nothing other than Windows and Office.

    I bet the shareholders are pushing hard for him to get the spot though.

    • SategB

      I think when the founder of the company says it is time to sale off the dogs it is time to sell them off.

      • TheFourteenthDoctor

        It took me forever to realize you meant Paul Allen and not Bill Gates. And he didn’t say sell he said spin off, which is a huge difference.
        And he’s wrong. Ballmer is right when he says you can’t make distinction between consumer and enterprise anymore. People are using personal devices for work. If Microsoft doesn’t offer a complete and compelling ecosystem, the consumers won’t buy them, and they quickly lose the enterprise anyway.

        • SategB

          Spin off, sale off it is all the Paul and I agree it is time get rid of the distractions, the sexy but unprofitable consumer products and focus on back enterprise.

          • TheFourteenthDoctor

            You didn’t respond to my entire second paragraph. Which was the relevant paragraph.

          • nohone

            He will not. He likes to have this fantasy that he, Ballmer, Paul Allen all get together and make strategic plans for MS, but the other two just will not listen to him. When you call him on it, he will start choosing random big words that he often uses incorrectly or misspells (he cannot even use the correct form of sell, he used it wrong twice in two comments), and then will blame you for not understanding his “superior intellect.” He is quite delusional, and it is often better to leave him to his fantasies than to provoke him.

          • SategB

            @nohone
            Thank you for being you!

          • SategB

            Oops, guess you was wrong but that’s ok, I trust you will learn from this mistake. Take care.

          • SategB

            I’m sorry I didn’t know that was your main point.

            The simple fact is no xbox sale lead to any growth in MSFT Entrrprise sales. Even more revealing is the fact the struggling Window Phone has been counter to recent level of Enterprise profits.

            For there is already a successful MSFT Ecosystem, it is just not a consumer one, it is a Enterprise one and a profitable one at that.
            Let Apple sell end user hardware, let Google sell ad for business, and MSFT will sale the infrastructure for it all to work, Enterprise solutions

  • PoohGQ

    Elop, Bates, Nadella, and maybe, Mullaly; in that order..!

  • Bchau

    Elop first choice. Bates second choice. That is if I can vote.

    • SategB

      Elop was not even Nokia first choice!!!!

  • NegLewis

    It cannot be Elop because it will create too much confusion inside MS.
    Balmer didn’t finish his work. The groups still behave like independent Organisations.

    It could be Mulally but he is too old for a 10 years job. He has no “software” charisma.
    Bill Gates Still has his 50 billion dollars super gun aimed at anyone who will try to split MS.

    My bet is that it will be a friend of Gates.
    A “personal” friend of Ballmer.
    None of those 2.

    • PoohGQ

      I think Elop is closer as a friend to both Gates and more so to Ballmer. It will likely be Elop since he’s returning to Microsoft and has proven himself in the short time that he’s been at Nokia.

      What most do not realize is that Nokia has more employees than Google and about the same as Apple. When this behemoth is rolling, it takes a long time to steer it around. Elop was able to stop the hemorrhaging and cut all the unnecessary spending to put it back in the right direction for the future. He has done it in record time for a company that size IMO.

  • donzebe

    Mulally will shred Microsoft to Nanosoft

    • SategB

      That’s a good line!

      8-D

  • donzebe

    Elop has been working cross country with all the department heads in Microsoft, Nokia and all the other partners for the past couple of years, So he will easily unify and inject momentum to the employees and consumers.

    • Orc

      You could be right. From businessweek.

      In a small conference room, Elop and three colleagues met with Ballmer, Internet services chief Qi Lu, mobile unit president Andy Lees, and head of Windows Phone engineering Terry Myerson. After some ribbing about being back at Microsoft, Elop stated the case simply: Nokia would either decide to stay with its own software or partner with Android or Microsoft, but it wouldn’t delay. “I’m going to announce the decision at the analyst meeting in early February,” he said. Sticking with MeeGo would avoid the need for a massive strategic and cultural shock, but going with the best offer could help Nokia’s bottom line and gain it a fresh start in smartphones. “It was classic Stephen,” says Myerson, who worked for Elop at Microsoft. “His superpower isn’t his great intuitive judgment. It’s his amazing ability to create a transparent, fast process that reasonable people can feel good about.”

      • SategB

        Thank you for posting that, I completely agree with you Elop created a quick process but did not show great judgement, in fact he showed poor judgement.
        Even the former Chair of Nokia Jorma Ollila agrees with us switching to Microsoft was a mistake in judgement.

        • Orc

          Ollila never said that.

          • SategB

            How can your opinions be so strong when your knowledge is so weak?

            Ollila made the state to the Helsingin Sanomat Oct, 2013

          • Orc

            No he didn’t, that was an error in translation.

  • Kazi

    Elop, please!

  • krayziehustler

    For the love of all things good say NO to Alan Mulally!!!

  • CyberAngel

    Tony Bates
    1 million dollar bet
    any takers?

  • Eli_Vance

    People like Paul Allen and SategB only care about driving share prices higher.

    There is no reason why a consumer would want a company like MS to stick to enterprise.

    • SategB

      Yes investors and owner want to maximize returns now and in the long term. Spinning off non enterprise divisions is the best way to assure it

      • Orc

        Returns in the long run will hurt because the fine line between consumer and enterprise is being erased. It doesn’t exactly help ms when people use their ipad at work.

        • SategB

          People are andwill continue to use iPad, that fight is lost, MSFT is not served well by trying to fight the last fight

          • Orc

            Yes that’s why ipad is losing market share.

          • SategB

            Because the great success of the Surface products?!?!

            Come on my friend, don’t be that guy. I really want to believe your better then this.

          • Orc

            Well does it matter, ipad is losing market share. Or if I can make an Arnold quote. “If it bleeds we can kill it”. The fight is far from over, and it would be a major mistake to let the tablet market fall into apples and googles hand.

          • nohone

            He will have some excuse as to why iPad is losing marketshare. A number of the Apple fanboys liked to claim that iPad sales were down because a new one was about to be released. There were two problems with that:
            1) Sales were down 6 months before the new one was introduced. Sales will go down before the new version, but that is only a few weeks to a month. People will not wait 1/2 year to get the newest one. And with the way that Apple fanboys like to brag about how much money you can get for a used Apple product, why not buy it 6 months before the new one is released and then sell it for almost full price?
            2) iPhones did not see a drop in sales in the same time frame, and it was released months before the iPad Air123GS. Which would you rather buy? A product that you can turn around and supposedly easily sell for full price, or a phone that you have a 2 year contract on? If their theory held, there would be a drop in iPhone sales until the new one was released.
            Surface did have an impact, not a huge one but it did take a few million in sales from Apple. Now people like BGetas will like you to believe it had no impact on Apple. But you cannot tell me Timmy Cook would not want those sales of Surface to be iPads and money going into Apple’s bank accounts. Sales that they would not need to make up some story to try to explain away a 14% drop in sales 6 months before a new version is released. Sales that would make their stock price go up, not down.

          • SategB

            You tickle me, so little one!!!

          • SategB

            I can only assume you are referring to Arnold Al Harberger, the leading spokesperson for the Chicago Boy of the Chicago School of Economist, though I do not remember that particular quote.

            Though his point regarding ordering your life to these forces is right to the point: MSFT has already lost tat market to Apple and Android. Now is time to order themselves to that reality.

          • Orc

            They haven’t lost that market, Android tablets is unreliable and iPads haven’t evolved much since the original ipad. There are plenty of opportunity for another player.

          • SategB

            Yes that is the hope of Ballmer Hail Mary last minute getting pushed out the door “vision” of the future.
            If possible it will take great resources of time and money to get there vs using the same building Enterprise where the company’s products is already accepted.

            In war the easiest war to win is the one the others are not fighting.