Can Microsoft Woo Alan Mulally for CEO?

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Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Matt Miller reports on Microsoft's efforts to find a new CEO. Miller speaks on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop." (Source: Bloomberg)

Bandied about.

That is right.

First of all, you have to think about what alan mullally has achieved.

Not only afford now, which is been incredible -- but what he achieved at boeing previously.

Therein lies the key part of the story.

He still has a house in seattle.

Microsoft headquarters are not so far away.

He became friends with steve ballmer while he was there.

He is friends with bill gates as well.

He has ties to the area and to the companies.

You go back to 2009 -- time's influential 100 people list came out and steve ballmer wrote an article about alan mulally.

This guy is such an incredible ceo, he did great things at boeing, he will do great things that ford.

He also says, he can run any company.

It does not matter whether it is a playmaker or a carmaker or a software company -- alan mulally can do a great job.

You add to that reporting that alan mullally has been giving advice to steve ballmer.

He has said it.

Steve ballmer has said it.

It has been widely reported.

For some reason, "the wall street journal" article blew it up over the weekend.

There is been a lot of talk about how he would fit in so many reasons why he would.

The thing is i talked to alan mullally a lot -- we e-mail with each other a bunch and he has said to me on numerous occasions, i plan to stay on as president and ceo of ford through at least the end of 2014. he has been telling me this for years.

Do you believe him?

I believe that that is what he plans to do.

It is just like a girl courting a guy who does not want to go out with her to use the opposite . if he says no at first and she continues trying, she may change her mind.

If microsoft were to offer alan mullally -- the bottom line is that we see this all the time.

You see these statements.

You see statements from ceos or companies saying, no, we are not going to do this and then they change gears six months later.

Steve ballmer is a great example.

He said he would stay at microsoft for 10 years.

That is clearly not going to happen.

I would say that alan mullally is a guy who often keeps his word.

All right.

Thank you.

Matt miller speaking about alan mullally and the focus on microsoft continues on "automakers" -- "market makers." rick divine -- rick devine will be speaking with them.

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