When Steve Ballmer (News - Alert) leaves Microsoft as CEO next year, there are two names that likely will be considered as his successor. They are Alan Mulally, now CEO of Ford, and Mike Lawrie, now CEO of Computer Sciences Corp.
Some key investors in Microsoft (News - Alert) want both men considered as Ballmer’s replacement, largely because of their backgrounds in turning around companies, Reuters said, based on information offered by insiders.
However, Mulally recently told Reuters (News - Alert) he was "absolutely focused on serving Ford." Before Ford, he worked at Boeing.
Yet there is speculation in the news media that being CEO of Microsoft may be impressive enough for Mulally, and could lead him to leave Ford earlier than planned.
Lawrie helped to fix U.K.-based Misys Plc, before starting his current post. He earlier worked at IBM.
In a recent comment, user “iiNotes” said on a Reuters’ comment page, “The question is, would Mulally drive in the direction of the tech giants’ needs? If so, let’s hope they pay him enough, so that he doesn’t have to arrive there in a Ford!”
It was reported how Microsoft could identify the company’s next CEO this year or sometime next year, Reuters said. The list of possible candidates has some 40 names on it. Some work for the company now, while others work elsewhere.
Microsoft also recently announced it planned to acquire most of Nokia's (News - Alert) phone business. Under the deal, Stephen Elop, who ran Microsoft's business software unit, will work at Microsoft again. There has speculation about whether or not he could follow Ballmer as CEO.
One challenge facing the new CEO is Windows’ involvement with the mobile sector. As of now, Windows Phones make up less than 4 percent of the sector’s worldwide market share, according to IDC (News - Alert). Rivals are in a better position when it comes to market share.
Edited by Alisen Downey