Bloomberg: Microsoft COO Kevin Turner also in the running for CEO gig

On Tuesday, Reuters reported, via their unnamed sources, the names of four men that it claims are currently in the running to become Microsoft's next CEO. Now Bloomberg reports, via their own sources, that another person who could become the next leader of Microsoft is its current chief operating officer Kevin Turner.

Turner joined Microsoft in 2005 and as COO, is in charge of the company's overall sales efforts. The story agrees with Reuters on the other two internal Microsoft CEO candidates; former Skype CEO Tony Bates, now working as head of Microsoft's business development and evangelism efforts, and Satya Nadella, the leader of Microsoft's cloud division. As we have reported before, the rumored two external candidates are current Ford CEO Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

In related news, Microsoft's stock price hit a new 12 year high today, as it went up 4.20% in trading to settle at $38.18. Business Insider claims that the reason was a note from Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, who claims it is "likely" that Mulally will be named as Microsoft's new CEO in December. He also claims Microsoft has talked to two other external candidates; current Boeing CEO James McNerney, Jr. and former Motorola COO Edward Breen.

Source: Bloomberg and Business Insider | Image via Microsoft

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god, Stephen Elop and Kevin turners are bean counters for all practical purposes Steve Ballmer lite not visionaries that MS desperately needs ;/

Mulally might be the best choice. As for him not having any industry experience, need I remind you that Gerstner turned IBM around in the 90s and he came from Nabisco, of all places.

Too old and has a mustache. Fail.

And what is it with some Americans and mustaches... get out of the early 1900's already.

NoClipMode said,
Too old and has a mustache. Fail.

And what is it with some Americans and mustaches... get out of the early 1900's already.


Really?

NoClipMode said,
Too old and has a mustache. Fail.

And what is it with some Americans and mustaches... get out of the early 1900's already.


are you for real?

I don't understand why they think he will be a good choice... Yes, he has a good mindset and yada yada yada... But really, if he just thinks that he should get rid of anything that doesn't make money... well, that's just not the right mindset ESPECIALLY in the TECH sector.

auziez said,
I don't understand why they think he will be a good choice... Yes, he has a good mindset and yada yada yada... But really, if he just thinks that he should get rid of anything that doesn't make money... well, that's just not the right mindset ESPECIALLY in the TECH sector.

Why isn't it the right mindset?

AWilliams87 said,

Why isn't it the right mindset?

Im only worried is all.... trying to imagine ms without xbox, bing.. this or that... everything LOL.

auziez said,
I don't understand why they think he will be a good choice... Yes, he has a good mindset and yada yada yada... But really, if he just thinks that he should get rid of anything that doesn't make money... well, that's just not the right mindset ESPECIALLY in the TECH sector.

worked for yahoo lately.. they stopped many of their silly side projects to focus on the ones that create the most amount of core customers.

He has a happy picture leave the man alone lol. Anyway I can't see how or why you would chose somebody to be your CEO who has NO tech industry experience to run one of the largest tech companies in the world.

It might be best for Microsoft to have an outside man but I really need to know what crack they are smoking to think Alan Mulally would be the best candidate. "But he turned Ford around" oh that's nice for him that means what for Microsoft? Pick somebody who at least has tech experience.

I just read the article that analyst wrote and of course he wants Microsoft to dump Bing and spin off Xbox cause they make no money and are dragging down the stock. I can't speak for bing but I believe Microsoft is slowly make good inroads but it would be stupid to spinoff Xbox. I don't think you can underestimate the "mindshare" Microsoft gets with Xbox. It still is their best Trojan horse outside of the PC to get into people's homes when used properly.

Edited by macrosslover, Nov 7 2013, 3:38am :

JHBrown said,
I just can't see this man running Microsoft. Just no!

LOL, I said the same thing. I can't see him as the face of MS at all he kinda looks like the lorax. But what the heck do I know lol...