Ford CEO Alan Mulally officially takes himself out of Microsoft CEO race

After months of speculation, Ford CEO Alan Mulally is no longer in the running to take over the leadership of Microsoft. Today, in a chat with the Associated Press, Mulally definitively said he will stay in his current job until the end of 2014.

The AP story quotes him as saying, "I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford." He added, "You don't have to worry about me leaving." While he still would not confirm or deny that he was being courted by Microsoft to take over from the retiring Steve Ballmer, Mulally did say that the speculation about such a move was proving to be a distraction for Ford.

Mulally has been reported by other media outlets to be the front runner to take over from Ballmer but in the last month the speculation turned away from him. Some reports claimed that there were questions at Microsoft about just how long Mulally would say as CEO if he was selected and others questioned his lack of technology experience.

A few weeks ago, Microsoft said they would announce the company's next CEO sometime in early 2014. Some of the other candidates that might be in contention include Microsoft's cloud services leader Satya Nadella and its strategy and evangelist head Tony Bates, along with former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

Source: Associated Press | Image via Ford

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So WTF took him so long to make that simple unambiguous statement? Is he doing it now only because he's been rejected by MS' CEO search committee?

Romero said,
So WTF took him so long to make that simple unambiguous statement? Is he doing it now only because he's been rejected by MS' CEO search committee?

probably, or the negotations went nowhere

Ballmer was energetic and aggressive, but they need someone more grounded and with a longer view, willing to follow through. They also need a consistent PR strategy, no more rebranding everything every few years, and no scattershot products/strategies that fizzle out when they've barely begun.

I still think Satya deserves the title. He's doing an excellent job so far and he'll take the company farther.

neufuse said,
he never was in the race... just a bunch of journalists making a story from what they thought was a good choice

Not even remotely close to being true.

Anthony Tosie said,

Not even remotely close to being true.

he don't even have tech background. Then why did those journalists report about him being CEO in the first place?

Kenny Kanashimi Chu said,

he don't even have tech background. Then why did those journalists report about him being CEO in the first place?

Because it was a fact that he was a candidate in the running -- one that was high on Microsoft's list? There are several articles out there from reputable sources (such as The Associated Press, Reuters, etc) explaining why Microsoft wanted him, and we've reported on it extensively. You're free to use Google or search our stories to find them.

You're sorely mistaken if you think journalists wrote about Mulally potentially being the new CEO just because they wanted him to be. He didn't wait until now, several months after he was first reported to be a leading candidate for Microsoft's CEO spot, to finally confirm he's not leaving Ford for no reason.

Enron said,
I think it's going to be Richard Stallman.

co-CEO with Linus Torvalds. How didn't we figure that out sooner?