(The Hosting News) – Following current CEO Steve Ballmer’s announcement that he’d step down from the top spot at Microsoft within the next six months, there’s been a lot of talk regarding who will actually replace him.
Most recently, a variety of reports have signaled that Microsoft may be eyeing Oracle co-president Mark Hurd. It’s a possibility that would add the tech veteran to a list that already includes the likes of Ford CEO Alan Mulally and another Oracle tech vet, Chuck Philips.
The company wasn’t simply said to be glancing had Hurd, however. A report from The Inquirer (TheInquirer.com) mentioned that Hurd had received an interview for the CEO spot.
Hurd previously signaled his commitment to staying at Oracle. However, we’re not buying that he wouldn’t switch teams if the CEO spot was actually offered.
In addition to the aforementioned, Microsoft was also said to eyeing former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, current Microsoft evangelist chief Tony Bates and former Microsoft exec Paul Martiz. Elop, meanwhile, is already expected to join Microsoft in some capacity after the company completes a purchase of Nokia’s handset devices.
eBay CEO John Donahoe was previously noted to have removed his name from consideration.
Microsoft Chairman Steve Gates is assisting in the search for Ballmer’s replacement. That’s despite being under fire from some company investors who’d like to see Gates out as board chairman.
Meanwhile, all signs point to Microsoft having a new chief executive named by the close of this year