Will Elop Return Without the Crown?

What a year it has been for Stephen Elop. Having engineered the sale of Nokia's handset business to his former employer, he lined up a massive payoff and put himself in strong contention to return to Microsoft as the successor to retiring CEO Steve Ballmer. (See The Nokia/Microsoft Conspiracy Theory.)

However, according to a Bloomberg report that cites sources "familiar with the matter," Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Satya Nadella, currently executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, are the front-runners for the top job at Microsoft. Which means that Elop and Tony Bates, Microsoft's executive vice president of Business Development and Evangelism, are now less likely to get the call.

Whether as the new CEO or not, Elop is set to return to Microsoft as part of the Nokia deal, which was recently approved by the Finnish giant's shareholders. (See Nokia: It's Really Happening.)

I wonder, though, if the Microsoft board has considered its full range of options: After all, Thorsten Heins is also available. (See BlackBerry Gets $1B to Drop Sale Search, CEO Resigns.)

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— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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DanJones 11/29/2013 | 3:09:21 PM
Re: MS Mobile - No, No, Nokia... Or Ray is still ticked about what Microsoft did to the British PC industry  -- he still treasures his Dragon -- and wants them to fail maybe? ;-)
[email protected] 11/29/2013 | 3:00:03 PM
Re: MS Mobile - No, No, Nokia... Dan is correct - that was British sarcasm. I will put a smiley face following such loopy suggestions in future. ;->
DanJones 11/29/2013 | 2:48:43 PM
Re: MS Mobile - No, No, Nokia... Ritch

I'm guessing Ray was being just a wee bit sarcastic about Heins, he's like that...
DanJones 11/29/2013 | 2:47:36 PM
Re: Tony Bates The Ford CEO has shown that he can change people's outlook on a company though, perhaps that is important to Microsoft?
RitchBlasi 11/29/2013 | 1:06:23 PM
MS Mobile - No, No, Nokia... Can't see Elop stepping up to do anything different than he did at Nokia - running the business into the ground, or at least into a position to be purchased by another company that didn't know how to mobilize its strategy.  Two negatives won't make a positive in this case.  And Heins????  Really????  This is the guy who said that tablets would pretty much have no impact on the market in the coming years.  Uh, duh -- is that the reason you discontinued the Playbook?  If you had the extra $Billion to play with would the strategy remained the same Thorsten?  If MS was a person, I'd say they could be the Three Stooges of mobility.  :-)
DOShea 11/29/2013 | 10:37:46 AM
Tony Bates I really thought he would be next up as CEO, and I'm surprised Microsoft is considering an outsider froma non-tech company at all.
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