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Ericsson’s Vestberg is reportedly in the mix for top Microsoft job

on January 16, 2014

Gigaom

Another day, another candidate for Microsoft(s msft) CEO. This time it’s Ericsson(s adr) CEO Hans Vestberg who’s being considered by thesoftware giant as a successor to outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer, according to Bloomberg. 

Vestberg clearly has a  background in mobile, which is a key consideration for Microsoft, which is trying to drive Windows Phone and Surface tablet adoption.

Over the past month other candidates — all named by anonymous sources — have included Ford(s f) CEO Alan Mulally, who recently pulled his name from consideration. Qualcomm(s qcom) President Steven Mollenkopf’s name was also bandied about, and days later he was promoted to CEO of that company. And there are a several internal candidates including Satya Nadella, Stephen Elop, who heads up all devices, and Tony Bates who leads business development.

One of the big questions around a successor is whether he or possibly she will have to deal with…

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