Rumor: Many Microsoft employees want new CEO named soon

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his plans in late August to retire from the company, and since then an internal committee, which includes Chairman Bill Gates, has been trying to find a person to take over the top job. It's now late December, and the committee's lack of guidance on who they might select is reportedly making some Microsoft employees nervous.

AllThingsD says it has talked with "dozens" of Microsoft team members and reports that most of them want a resolution on the CEO matter by the end of 2013. One unnamed exec is quoted as saying, "Everyone is just waiting for the decision. Even though we are supposed to be carrying out the new One Microsoft plan that Ballmer created, it’s pretty much a wait-and-see for everyone."

The report claims that Ballmer has been meeting with Microsoft team members as if he is still going to be around at the company for a while longer. It stated that one meeting he held with more than 500 directors discussed Windows 8 while another had Ballmer bringing up the possibility of Microsoft making gamer-themed PCs. The report also said that Ballmer cried during another conference due to the fact that he would be leaving Microsoft soon.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who was once considered the front-runner for the Microsoft job, is now apparently not the leading candidate anymore. Other internal names that might still be in the running include cloud services leader Satya Nadella and strategy and evangelist head Tony Bates, along with former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

Source: AllThingsD | Image via Microsoft

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