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Microsoft Shouldn't Put Ford's Alan Mulally in the Driver's Seat

MulallyPhotograph by Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Could Ford Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally work the same turnaround magic at Microsoft? Let’s hope not. Tech folks are buzzing about the possibility that Mulally could be the man to replace Steve Ballmer when he retires later this year. Reuters says the special committee of Microsoft’s board is seriously considering Mulally and Computer Sciences CEO Mike Lawrie as top candidates to succeed Steve Ballmer. If true, this would be more proof that the four men who populate the committee may be ill-equipped for the task of picking Microsoft’s next leader.

Many folks know why Mulally is a terrific leader at Ford. Here’s why he’s unlikely to be the same at Microsoft: