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Microsoft CEO Candidate Mulally Staying Put at Ford

If there was any lingering doubt that Microsoft would name Alan Mulally to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO, Mulally has put that question to rest.

The Ford CEO intends to stay with the automaker through 2014, he told the Associated Press Tuesday afternoon. While Mulally was a favorite among Wall Street analysts, it became increasingly clear last month that Mulally was not headed to Redmond nor was he certain if he was still the top choice of Microsoft's search committee.

Keeping hope alive among Mulally proponents that he wasn't out of the running, he refused to say outright that he would turn down the job if it was offered to him when asked in December. But as I noted a few weeks ago when Microsoft extended its search, it appeared Mulally was a dark horse. Finally Mulally made that official.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 01/07/2014 at 3:11 PM


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