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Who will take over as the next CEO of Microsoft?

Business Technology | December 10, 2013

We all know that Microsoft needs a new chief executive officer. What we have no idea of is who’s going to take over this key tech-industry post. PCWorld writer Mark Hachman, though, was willing to make a few guesses. And he pointed out those who he has pegged as the odds-on favorite to become the next Microsoft CEO.

Stephen Elop

Stephen Elop has a big advantage with regards to the CEO spot: He’s spent a lot of his career working at Microsoft. As Hachman highlights, which means that he understands how the tech giant works. Elop joined Microsoft’s business division in 2008 and then moved into its Office group and Microsoft Dynamics. Starting in 2010, he commenced serving as Nokia’s executive vice president of devices and services.

Alan Mulally

Hachman points to 68-year-old Alan Mulally as another favorite for the key Microsoft post. This engineer worked at Boeing for 37 years, eventually becoming chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airlines. He joined Ford as its president in 2006, and received praise for leading the automaker through the downturn in the economy while refusing government bailout dollars. He is, however, nearly 70, and some ponder whether that will hurt his chances.

Tony Bates

Tony Bates is a bit of a rising star in the tech world. He enjoyed much of his success throughout a long career at Cisco. Before leaving the company, he oversaw thousands of employees as senior vice president of enterprise, commercial and small business. He has since moved on to serve as chief executive officer of Skype, where he has worked to expand the role that VoIP plays in the business world.


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