Ford’s Alan Mulally Officially Denies Microsoft CEO Talks [AP]

Mulally says his only intention is to stay at Ford

Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally has officially denied reports claiming that he’s talking with Microsoft over a potential switch to the Redmond-based software giant.

Mulally was believed to be one of the top candidates for the CEO seat, as current leader Steve Ballmer will retire when a successor is found, according to an announcement released in August 2013.

Mulally told AP in an interview that his only intention was to stay at Ford until the end of 2014, so he’s now officially out of the CEO race for Microsoft.

“I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford,” Mulally was quoted as saying. “You don't have to worry about me leaving.”

If previous reports are true, cloud boss Satya Nadella is currently in pole-position to take over from Steve Ballmer, with an official announcement expected in just a few months.

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