Rumor: Ericsson's head man Hans Vestberg new Microsoft CEO candidate

The Internet rumor mill continues to turn on any word considering Microsoft's still open CEO gig. Late on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that a new outside candidate has been put on the list by the folks in Redmond. It stated, via unnamed sources, that Ericsson's current president and chief operating officer Hans Vestberg is now being considered as a possible successor for retiring CEO Steve Ballmer.

The story does not state if Microsoft has formally approached Vestberg for the job. It adds that other internal company candidates, such as its cloud services leader Satya Nadella and its strategy and evangelist head Tony Bates, are also still being considered along with former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. Neither Microsoft nor Ericsson would comment on this latest report.

Vestberg, 48, has been with Ericsson for over 25 years. He first joined the the Sweden-based telecommunications company in 1988 and served as its chief financial officer before becoming its CEO four years ago this month. Under Vestberg's leadership, Ericsson broke away from its joint mobile phone venture with Sony in 2011. In 2013, Ericsson acquired Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV technology for an undisclosed sum. Bloomberg's story even mentions that Vestberg is an "accomplished handball player".

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Ericsson

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Can anyone list ericsson's main accomplishments the last 25 years that are still here? except of that awesome building in stockholm

How about inventing bluetooth and being at the bleeding edge of developing 3G and 4G equipment etc? Ericsson has been around for over a hundred years and will continue to stay relevant for a long time

Jakst said,
How about inventing bluetooth and being at the bleeding edge of developing 3G and 4G equipment etc? Ericsson has been around for over a hundred years and will continue to stay relevant for a long time

Hmmm... well its different markets but at the same time it makes sense because the networking infrastructure changes fast and constantly, something Ms needs, in some sorts.

-adrian- said,
Can anyone list ericsson's main accomplishments the last 25 years that are still here? except of that awesome building in stockholm

Some of them:
- Installed the first digital phone exchange (AXE).
- Developed the first mobile (wireless) phone technology (NMT).
- Pushed for 3G and mobile Internet in 1999. (people used Win98 and IE 5)
- Early deployment of WCDMA (2003), HSPDA (2005; "Turbo 3G").
- Pushes for 4G (LTE) in 2008.
- Launches the world's first live LTE network.
- World record 84 Mbps HSPA technology showcased in 2010.

Ericsson is among the world's technology leaders in telecommunications.

Edited by Northgrove, Jan 16 2014, 9:20am :

Northgrove said,

Some of them:
- Installed the first digital phone exchange (AXE).
- Developed the first mobile (wireless) phone technology (NMT).
- Pushed for 3G and mobile Internet in 1999. (people used Win98 and IE 5)
- Early deployment of WCDMA (2003), HSPDA (2005; "Turbo 3G").
- Pushes for 4G (LTE) in 2008.
- Launches the world's first live LTE network.
- World record 84 Mbps HSPA technology showcased in 2010.

Ericsson is among the world's technology leaders in telecommunications.


all of these qualifies him for heading Nokia devices section not Microsoft