Would Ford’s CEO Take Microsoft’s Top Job?
At a glance, the idea of Ford (NYSE:F) chief executive Alan Mulally succeeding Steve Ballmer at Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) makes perfect sense. Mulally, mastermind of the turnarounds at Ford and Boeing (NYSE:BA), would simply step into his next Herculean task and rejuvenate the tech giant with his patented touch. However, a struggling software maker in a changing tech universe is far different from a struggling automaker in a country that loves cars. There are three questions to ask when considering Mulally to Microsoft.
1. Is Mulally Available for the Job?
By all accounts, Mulally isn’t going to leave Ford until he considers his work there done. However, that date may not be far off. Ford has mentioned it sees Mulally staying at the helm until the end of 2014 (at least), though viable candidates have emerged in the automaker’s corporate ranks. The stability and ever-improving health of Ford could suggest Mulally’s work is done after all.
Logic would follow that Ford has little to lose by letting go of a chief executive who believes the automaker’s turnaround is complete. According to a report by Reuters, that sentiment has led Ford’s board of directors to consider allowing Mulally to step down before the expected date. Their only concern would be whether Mulally’s successor could hold the same sway and be able to keep the massive corporation in running as smoothly as it has been.