Not two months ago, Microsoft revealed that CEO Steve Ballmer, after serving as CEO since 2000, would be relinquishing the position. At the time, it sounded like nobody was in any big rush, and we heard that Ballmer would be sticking around as the board worked out who to choose for the new CEO – a decision we were told would occur sometime over the course of the following year, by August 2013. Well, it now appears like at least some of these players are interested in getting things taken care of sooner rather than later, with sources claiming that Microsoft intends to have a new CEO selected by the end of the year.
Especially if Microsoft goes with a choice who’s already working for another company and needs to arrange to step down from that role, the new CEO might not actually take the reins at Microsoft before 2013′s out, but from what we hear the decision, at least, will likely be made this year.
Names that Microsoft’s seemingly been considering include Stephen Elop, obviously, as well as Ford’s Alan Mulally, and Microsoft’s own Paul Maritz (though now departed) or Tony Bates.