As soon as Steve Ballmer announced his plans to leave his position as CEO of Microsoft, the industry started to speculate as to who might be the next chief executive of Microsoft. Plenty of names were bandied around, from inside and outside Microsoft. Our friends at LAPTOP covered everyone from Julie Larson-Green to Google's Sundar Pichai in their list of potential candidates.
One man who wasn't on the list was Alan Mulally, the CEO of Ford. However, it seems Mulally may now be the top pick, ahead of even Stephen Elop. AllThingsD cites sources close to the situation that say Mr. Mulally is now the front runner among the candidates for the job and that while he wasn't initially looking to move to Microsoft, he has become more open to the idea over the last few weeks.
Mulally has been CEO of Ford since 2006. He started his career as an engineer at Boeing in 1969 and held numerous positions at the company over the decades that he worked there, including senior VP of airplane development, president of the information, space and defense systems, and senior VP. He moved from Boeing to Ford in 2006, 37 years after he stated working for Boeing.
He received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from University of Kansas. He also holds a Master's in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management.