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Ford Boss Alan Mulally to Become Microsoft CEO?

Ford CEO Alan Mulally is the front-runner to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft, AllThingsD reports, quoting sources familiar with the matter.
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Credited with getting Ford back on track during the financial crisis that struck the automotive market back in 2009, the 68-year-old is seen as the perfect man to help struggling Microsoft refocus on its core brands. The former Boeing CEO has a relationship with former Microsoft boss Bill Gates and rumor has it he is backed by several Microsoft shareholers.

With Mulally in charge, Ford returned to profitability after the late-2000s recession and was the only Detroit-based automobile manufacturer to avoid a government-funded bailout.

The Oakland-born engineer and business executive was named Person of the Year by The Financial Times and CEO of the Year by Chief Executive magazine in 2011. A year later, Mulally became honorary Doctor of Science at the University of Kansas for contributions to engineering and the transportation industry. It’s really no surprise Microsoft is gunning for him...
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