Ford CEO Alan Mulally has made the short list to take over tech giant Microsoft, lending further credence to rumors that the 68-year-old former Boeing exec would ditch Dearborn and move to Redmond.

The report comes from Reuters, which claims that alongside Mulally, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and three candidates from within Microsoft are on the short list to succeed Steve Ballmer at the company's helm, although previous reports claim the Ford exec is the number one candidate. Mulally is currently working without a contract, although Bill Ford seems to believe that he isn't likely to depart. Despite this belief, Ford was quoted just last month talking about the depth of talent on the Blue Oval's executive team.

"There is no change from what we announced last November. Alan remains fully focused on continuing to make progress on our One Ford plan. We do not engage in speculation," said Ford spokesman Jay Cooney.

We first reported on rumors of Mulally departing for Microsoft in early September, when a report from AllThingsD claimed he was being considered for the Microsoft job. Since then, Ford has reiterated its position that Mulally will likely stay through 2014, although the company would be accepting of the exec stepping down earlier than that.


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        Jake
        • 1 Year Ago
        I hope he doesn't turn Microsoft around. They're making profits hand-over-fist right now.
          Jake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jake
          Their core business, where they focus most of their efforts is doing quite well. Their core business is not making devices to play candy crush saga, BTW.
          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jake
          Decisions-wise they're horrible, but pleasing shareholders and sitting on more piles of CASH is all that matters.
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      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      You'll see a WHOLE NEW MS if he moves over there. You can bet me on that! He's a common sense guy and they need a little of that IMO. IMO, Apple needs to do the same. Out with the old (under performing) and in with the new.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to MS knocked down a few levels. They're still anti-competitive jerks. I ditched Windows years ago for Linux and I'm rooting for this: http://www.ubuntu.com/tablet/ and this: http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/ But Microsoft doesn't want things like that to succeed and they will use every dirty trick they can to stop it. If Mulally does take over, I sure hope he has more of a conscious. If not, he can kick rocks for all I care.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Take your millions, retire & enjoy your family. Read a book about Andrew Carnegie (philanthropy)
      GFB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where there's smoke, there's fire. Microsoft needs a turnaround artist and Mulally fits the bill. He has an engineering background but not in the automotive or electronic field. He was never a car guy and the things he did for Ford the corporation and for manufacturing were exactly what was needed but he never had an understanding of product development. Under Mulally, Boeing invested heavily in product development but Ford is lagging on his watch. Maybe when he is gone a car guy will become CEO and do something about the aging, heavy platforms that Fords and Lincolns are built on.
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      ScottM
      • 1 Year Ago
      At this point in his career, he'd make the move just because it interests him. He'll only do it on his terms - and if he can run things the way they're supposed to be run - just like he did at Ford. If you haven't yet, read American Icon - fantastic read. I'd say the challenge to him here is that M$ is still a very successful company making oodles of cash. So likely he'll experience a lot more resistance. I have a PILE of respect for this guy - what he did at Ford was nothing short of a miracle.
      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      He certainly has done a great job at Ford, but I have to wonder whether he is the right guy to lead Microsoft.
      dss10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would he even want to run M$?
      bahill99
      • 1 Year Ago
      You think I'm leaving Ford? "Acting"
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope he will remain at Ford.
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