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