Now that Alan Mulally is out of the race to become the CEO of Microsoft, the Redmond giant is reportedly considering Hans Vestberg, the Chief Executive of telecommunications company Ericsson, to take away the mantle. Steve Ballmer, the current CEO, is set to retire very soon.
The software giant is still mulling over several candidates, it seems. While Ford CEO Mulally opted himself out of the race, Microsoft hasn’t stopped looking at outsiders. While we are yet to get any official words from Vestberg, a spokesperson from the same firm, Ola Rembe, declined to give any meaningful direction. “We never comment on rumors and speculation”, he told Bloomberg.
Many critics believe that we will have a new CEO by the end of January or February. While Mulally was certainly considered as one of the best CEO’s Microsoft could have ever had, his commitments to Ford are worth appraisal. Vestberg joined Ericsson back in 1988 and subsequently became the CEO in January of 2010.
Ericsson, back in September of 2013, completed its acquisition of Microsoft’s Mediaroom unit. For those who do not recall, this unit features software used by phone companies to deliver TV services via broadband networks.