Microsoft Said to be ready to Name a New CEO and Replace Bill Gates as Chairman
After several months of searching, Microsoft is reportedly on the verge of naming Satya Nadella as CEO, while the companyís board mulls replacing Bill Gates as chairman. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg
reports the seat left vacant by former CEO Steve Ballmer will be filled from within by Nadella, the Redmond Washington tech giantís head of enterprise and cloud operations.
Although plans arenít finished, Nadella was revealed as a candidate at the end of 2013 and sources claim he is one of the stronger picks to come out of Redmondís stable. If Nadella is named CEO, it will end a months-long search headed by lead independent director John Thompson. A number of high-profile candidates were passed over for the role, including Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Ford CEO Alan Mulally. Considered one of the top outside picks, Mulally ultimately removed himself from the running.
In addition to the CEO nomination, Microsoftís board is also considering a replacement for co-founder Gates, who is currently acting as company chairman. Details seem to be scarce but the publication mentions independent director John Thompson as a possible candidate for the role as well.
Gates may not be completely locked out of Microsoft as he could remain active in the company as long as the board and the as-yet-announced CEO deem it appropriate, according to sources.