Blogging world still hot on Mullaly as possible Microsoft CEO

Article by Anita Panait, on October 8, 2013

Alan Mulally has already reiterated plans to head Ford until at least 2014 after news broke out that he is being considered as a candidate to become the next chief executive of Microsoft Corp. But despite being vocal about his intentions, the media as well as the tech press refused to back down.  It all started when the Web site All Things D and Reuters reported that Mulally was likely to lead the multi-national software corporation. Now, bloggers are jumping on the speculations. Blogger Eric Jackson wrote about Mullaly on Forbes.com under the headline: "Why Alan Mulally Would Be a Terrible Choice as the Next Microsoft CEO." Jackson wrote that Mullaly would nail the job first because he is from Seattle, where Microsoft is based.

Likewise, Jackson noted that Mullaly is a friend of current CEO Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates.  He also noted that Mullaly had no software experience.

On the other hand, Time magazine’s Doron Levin viewed the other way. His column “Alan Mulally Is the Right CEO to Save Microsoft,” remarked that Mulally has "analyzed technical debates for his entire career, from fuselage design to the relative merits of electric and internal-combustion propulsion for cars.”

He added that Mullaly oversaw an expansion of in-vehicle electronics Sync in collaboration with Microsoft.  Because of these, Levin said that “corporate spreadsheet software and game consoles would hardly be a stretch" for Mullaly. [source: FinancialPost]

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