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Big things are afoot at Microsoft; perhaps big enough to warrant attention from the folks in Cupertino. According to Bloomberg's sources, Microsoft plans to fill the CEO chair currently occupied by Steve Ballmer from within the company, and probably soon. And here's an arguably bigger chunk of news--the board might even replace Bill Gates as chairman.
According to Bloomberg, he lucky guy for the CEO position appears to be Satya Nadella, who currently heads Microsoft's enterprise and cloud divisions. Nadella recently appeared on a short list of candidates for the coveted position toward the end of 2013. If Bloomberg is correct, Nadella beat out such high profile candidates as Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg and Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. Ford CEO Alan Mulally was apparently one of the top outside choices, but he eventually withdrew his name from the running.
Source: Business Insider
The report also suggests that Microsoft is looking to replace Microsoft founder Bill Gates as chairman, although it's possible that Gates will retain some influence over the Redmond, Washington company. Comparatively little is known about this development, but Bloomberg's sources state that John Thompson, Microsoft's lead independent director, could be the first person besides Gates to fill the role in 1981.
For his part, Gates has his eyes on other matters. "The foundation is the biggest part of my time," Gates said, referring to the charitable Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation he co-founded in 2000. "I put in part-time work to help as a board member. My full-time work will be the foundation for the rest of my life. I will not change that."
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