Microsoft narrows CEO shortlist,Satya Nadella makes the cut

Software maker also has Ford Motor chief Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on its list.

Written by Reuters | New York | Published: November 7, 2013 2:38 am

Microsoft Corp has narrowed its list of external candidates to replace chief executive Steve Ballmer to about five people,including Ford Motor Co’s current chief Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop,according to sources familiar with the matter.

The world’s largest software maker also has at least three internal candidates on its shortlist,including former Skype CEO Tony Bates,who is now responsible for Microsoft’s business development,and Satya Nadella,the company’s cloud and enterprise chief,the sources said.

Despite the shortlist,the process could still take a few more months,the sources said. In August,Ballmer said he would retire within 12 months.

The names of other candidates could not be learned,but the search committee is interviewing executives from a wide range of sectors,including life sciences and consumer,the sources said.

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