Microsoft to name new CEO by year’s end, sources reveal list of candidates – report

Thursday, 10th October 2013 12:47 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft’s search for Steve Ballmer’s eventual replacement is ongoing as you read this. The company is expected to name a new CEO before the year is through, according to a new report.

Bloomberg reports that sources close to the matter feel that Microsoft will announce Ballmer’s successor before year’s end, and that the board is now holding preliminary interviews to narrow down the candidates.

Two sources have suggested that eBay CEO John Donahoe is in the frame, as well as former Cisco Systems executive Charles Giancarlo. They also backed up our recent news that Ford CEO Alan Mulally is up for consideration.

Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is also in the running, but will become part of Microsoft anyway once the company’s $7.2 billion acquisition of the mobile manufacturer is complete. CEO of cloud company Pivotal Paul Maritz and Microsoft business development and evangelism chief Tony Bates are also said to have applied for the role.

Sources added that the timing of the CEO reveal is depended on thrashing out a compensation deal for the position, as well as their plans for leaving their current roles.

It comes as reports suggest that Microsoft shareholders have rallied to force Bill Gates into retirement.

What’s your take on the matter?

Via Polygon.



  1. Joe Musashi

    Microsoft, here’s an idea: Make a TV show copy of The Apprentice called The CEO. Get your candidates. Get some judges, (Ballmer and Gates are obvious picks, maybe that Facebook kid too :P). Advertise the hell out of it.

    Stream it exclusively on XBox One.


    #1 1 year ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 +1

    #2 1 year ago
  3. pukem0n


    You forgot step 4: $$$ :D

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Templar_Dante

    The problem isnt Ballmer but Ballmer+Gates.
    He is the puppet master behind the scenes. Gates is a dinosaur, his ideas are old fashioned regardless of how his PR team grooms him or how modern he may appear in footage.
    The Xbox Division needs revitalization. … as long as the new guy doesnt slowly phase it out.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    How dare they not list Nelson!

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Pytox

    @1 why not also the opton of the people choice as a vote with interactive twitter and facebook polls :p

    #6 1 year ago
  7. wickedcricket

    Ahhh, speculations, speculations the truth is that Kevin T. is going to be a new CEO.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. archaven

    Lol M$ is hoping the new CEO to turn a sinking ship to float? And all these new CEOs are just looking at 60-70M dollars as their annual salary. How well will they perform.. i think they could have care less.. LOL

    #8 1 year ago
  9. sg1974

    Replace the man who nearly brought down MS with the man who brought down Nokia?

    #9 1 year ago

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