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Report: Ericsson CEO on Shortlist for Microsoft Top Job

Dan Jones
1/15/2014
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Ericsson's CEO is the latest in the frame to take the reins from Steve Ballmer at Microsoft.

Bloomberg quoted unidentified sources who say that Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)'s CEO Hans Vestberg is on Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s shortlist of candidates. Other names include Microsoft cloud-computing chief Satya Nadella and former Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) CEO Stephen Elop. (See Will Elop Return Without the Crown?)

The CEO search is expected to end soon. A Microsoft board member wrote in December that it should be settled early in 2014:

    We identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen, and then focused our energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals, all extremely impressive in their own right. As you would expect, as this group has narrowed, we've done deeper research and investigation, including with the full Board. We’re moving ahead well, and I expect we'll complete our work in the early part of 2014.

Microsoft is casting a wide net for potential candidates. Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who had reportedly been under consideration for the Microsoft job, said last week that he plans to remain at the car maker.

Ericsson's Vestberg was in the US last week to attend the AT&T Developer Summit and CES. (See AT&T Developers Summit: More Than Apps.)

Current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to step down this year. (See Ballmer Bails on Microsoft.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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1/16/2014 | 5:44:29 PM
Re: Microsoft leader
His heart is with the robots already. It'd be a hard sell. But yeah, would make sense for Microsoft and its mobile ambitions.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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1/16/2014 | 2:13:27 PM
Re: Microsoft leader
Wouldn't someone like Andy Rubin also show how serious Msft is about mobile just as well? If they could tempt him away from Google's robots....
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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1/16/2014 | 12:54:34 PM
Re: Compensation?
Looks like he has an 88% approval rating on Glassdoor. Not bad! Ballmer at Microsoft only has a 46% approval ranking...Elop has 58% over at NOkia.
RitchBlasi
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1/16/2014 | 12:18:37 PM
Microsoft leader
Great candidate for an uphill battle for Microsoft. An outsider with a great prospective on the mobile industry - all parts of the industry - could be the only salvation left to turn things around at MS.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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1/16/2014 | 11:20:44 AM
Elop still a prospect
Kind of wild that Elop is still potential prospect too.
DOShea
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DOShea,
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1/16/2014 | 10:11:15 AM
Vestberg's rise
If he does land this job, it would continue his fairly rapid rise career-wise. I remember meeting him in NYC several years ago along with other Ericsson top brass, not long after he became global services chief at Ericsson. He stood out from the others in terms of his energy and engaging nature. He has always been big on investing more in R&D, and that combine with his mobile industry experience could be just what Microsoft needs.
MoorthiTR
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MoorthiTR,
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1/16/2014 | 8:54:03 AM
Re: Compensation?
Hoping that Ericsson wont Lose him as he secured high percentage in employee satisfation survey(Ref:Glassdoor).............
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1/16/2014 | 3:42:53 AM
Re: Compensation?
a blow and that too a deadly one ... but dont expect Hans to sweat it out over the weekends !
Gabriel Brown
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Gabriel Brown,
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1/16/2014 | 3:04:19 AM
Re: Compensation?
It would be a blow to Ericsson, but (probably) a good choice for Microsoft.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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1/15/2014 | 10:54:14 PM
Compensation?
Wonder what kind of package Microsoft would have to offer to lure Vestburg over, seems like Ericsson would be keen to keep him, no?
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