LONDON (MarketWatch) — Ford Motor Co.’s Alan Mulally and internal candidate Satya Nadella are front-runners in Microsoft’s search for a new chief executive, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Nadella heads up the software maker’s cloud and enterprise business, while Mulally is seen as appealing to those who would like an outsider to take the helm. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg said ex-Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft executive Tony Bates, former CEO of Skype, are still in the running to replace outgoing head Steven Ballmer, but are seen as less likely contenders at the moment. Microsoft, which declined to comment to Bloomberg, said in August that Ballmer would stand down as CEO within a year.
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