Microsoft to name new CEO this year - Report

Sources tell Bloomberg that Microsoft Corp.'s board of directors is expecting to name Steve Ballmer replacement by the end of the year.


A new Microsoft Corp. CEO could be announced in the next two months. Bloomberg cites sources saying Microsoft Corp.'s board of directors is aiming to have a successor to outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer in place by the end of the year.

The board is said to be narrowing its choices for executives to replace Ballmer as the company continues to assess candidates through preliminary interviews. The report claims that eBay CEO John Donahoe said he did not want to be considered for the position.

Microsoft has reportedly discussed the position with Ford CEO Alan Mulally, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (who will officially join Microsoft when its $7.2 billion buyout closes), as well as former Microsoft executive Paul Maritz and current Microsoft EVP Tony Bates.

The sources said the specific timing of the new CEO announcement is dependent on negotiations surrounding compensation and, for an outside candidate, logistics involving leaving their current company.

Ballmer announced his retirement in August, saying at the time that he would officially step down within a year, but not before his successor was named.

Microsoft's board of directors has established a special committee to direct the selection process for Ballmer's successor. This committee is chaired by the board's lead independent director, John Thompson, as well as chairman of the board Bill Gates, among others.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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25 comments
Algearond
Algearond

Why not just name Obama, hell with partnership they already have with the NSA same thing as is

Harbinger_CR
Harbinger_CR

How about picking a CEO that loves games?

hadlee73
hadlee73

The applicants run left-to-right and back again on a stage 10 times, and whoever is the sweatiest gets the job.

AllForJMJ
AllForJMJ

Two months from now:

"Microsoft officially announced today the hiring of Don Mattrick as their new CEO."

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

If they choose Ford's CEO Alan Mulally I'll officially loose faith in them, because it means that Microsoft is more determined to find someone who's American then to pick foreign candidates with more experience in the computer sector.

infamous6
infamous6

The new CEO won't be able to fix the reputation of the Xbox One.

iampenguin
iampenguin

Strange that they're looking for CEO's from all these other sources than within their own co. Guess company morale is at a an all time low.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

some of those guys also want bill gates to completely leave MS because they are afraid he will influence their decision the wrong way. Either way this decision is going to be crucial to the future of MS and its products including Xbox. 

sanchango
sanchango

@Harbinger_CR if only that worked in the business world. Logically yes that would be the best decision,but from a business standpoint it's not.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

@cousinmerl What the... ? Did you happen to miss the part where it says " former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop" who happens to be Canadian? 

Snakpakk
Snakpakk moderator

@infamous6 time, good games, and clear messaging might be the only thing that clears up their reputation. 

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

@Stevo_the_gamer @cousinmerl Canadian! their not Americans! No stars on their flag, speaker french, have crazy gun laws and strange views on drugs, their no Americans.

...but he would make a good CEO, although Nokia couldn't change their fortune against apple's iphones and google thingy's.

also


Paul Maritz - south african
Tony Bates - england