Microsoft Board is Narrowing the New CEO Choices

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Bloomberg has reported that the Microsoft Board is narrowing the new CEO choices to replace Chief Executive Officer, Steve Ballmer.

The board has been soliciting advice from Silicon Valley veterans such as Charles Giancarlo, a former Cisco Systems Inc. executive and now a managing director at private-equity firm Silver Lake.

In accordance with Bloomberg,

“Board members have already spoken with candidates such as Ford Motor Co. (F) CEO Alan Mulally; former Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) CEO Stephen Elop, who will join Microsoft when its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit closes; former Microsoft No. 3 executive Paul Maritz, who is now CEO of cloud venture Pivotal; and Microsoft business development and evangelism chief Tony Bates, said the people.”

Frank Shaw, a spokesman for Microsoft, declined to comment on specific candidates or to make Bates available for comment. Microsoft directors have retained executive-search firm Heidrick & Struggles to look at internal and external candidates.

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