Ford CEO Alan Mulally denies rumors over Microsoft transfer

Article by Anita Panait, on January 9, 2014

Ford Motor Co. chief executive Alan Mulally has cleared up matters regarding his possible transfer to Microsoft Corp. "I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford," Mulally said in an interview with the Associated Press. Prior to the interview, there had been speculations and reports that Mulally is being considered as one of the candidates to replace Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

In August 2013, Microsoft said that Ballmer is planning to exit from his post. According to Mulally, all the talk about his possible exit from Ford to join Microsoft had become a distraction for the US carmaker.

Mulally’s candidacy to become the next top guy at Microsoft threatened to eclipse Ford’s new-vehicle launches at the incoming Detroit Auto Show and heightened the risk of internal strife among his deputies at the US carmaker.

A Ford spokesman confirmed that Mulally has plans to remain at the company through the end of 2014, but he did not confirm whether their CEO has said specifically that he would not pursue a job with Microsoft.

"Alan made it absolutely clear today that he has no plans to do anything else other than to continue serving Ford. He's completely focused on making progress with the One Ford Plan," said Ford spokesman Jay Cooney. Mulally joined Ford in 2006 and is credited for returning the carmaker to profitability and changing its culture of executive infighting.

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