Who Will Replace Steve Ballmer?

The search for the next Microsoft  (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) CEO continues. The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft has considered at least eight external candidates, including well-known execs such as Mark Hurd and Alan Mulally. Following his ouster at Hewlett-Packard  (NYSE: HPQ  ) several years ago, Hurd was quickly snapped up by Oracle, adding to his considerable experience at various tech titans. Hurd had a vision for mobile devices that he never got to follow through on, as it was his decision for Hewlett-Packard to acquire Palm. The deal probably would have still ended badly, but investors will never know what could have been.

Mulally's name continues to pop up in the headlines, and Steve Ballmer is reportedly backing him to the board. Mulally has said he intends to stay at Ford through the end of next year, but that hasn't stopped investors from speculating on whether he'll become Microsoft's CEO. Mulally lacks experience in the tech sector, but he has an incredible track record with unifying Ford's internal culture -- something Microsoft desperately needs.

Microsoft's board must choose between a tech-industry veteran or a tech outsider capable of running an organization as large as Microsoft, and it won't be an easy decision.

In this segment of Tech Teardown, Erin Kennedy discusses the search for Microsoft's next CEO with Evan Niu, CFA.

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  • Report this Comment On October 15, 2013, at 6:07 AM, DiabloIslander wrote:

    If Microsoft intends to develop new and exciting products, they can't possibly even consider Mark Hurd, who will cut the R/D budget to nothing. I'm already starting to feel sorry for the MS employees. Run as fast as you can.

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