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Alan Mulally

While members of Ford’s board of directors have been outwardly confident about CEO Alan Mulally’s plans for the future, it seems they may not be feeling so sure about what he’s doing after all.

According to a report by Reuters, the board plans to pressure Mulally, who is rumored to be a front-runner to replace Steve Ballmer at Microsoft, for concrete plans about his future. Mulally has been careful to avoid saying that he’s angling for the CEO job, but his public statements haven’t explicitly ruled out the possibility, either.

Meanwhile, the rumor mill has continued to churn, and Mulally, one of the architects of Ballmer’s “One Microsoft” reorganization, is purported to be one of two leading candidates for the CEO position, alongside Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s head of cloud services. An unnamed source “close to Ford’s board” told Reuters that all the talk about Mulally is getting on the board’s nerves.

“It’s drowning out the rest of the story,” the source said. “People don’t write about Mustang, they don’t write about earnings, they write about Mulally.”

The board may have its answer sooner rather than later. A number of rumors have said that Microsoft’s board is interested in announcing a successor to Ballmer by the end of the year.

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