Stephen Elop considered the obvious choice for next Microsoft CEO says CEO headhunter

imageThere are a number of candidates for the next Microsoft CEO, but Stephen Elop has always been considered a front-runner, but has recently run in some headwind after some controversial plans regarding Bing and Xbox was leaked.

In BusinessInsider CEO headhunter Adam Charlson, vice president for executive recruiting firm DHR International explains why he is still the obvious candidate.

Charlson believes the ideal candidate should be:

  • someone who understands Microsoft’s culture.
  • someone who understands the tech world, particularly enterprise software (Microsoft’s bread and butter).
  • someone with the experience of running a publicly traded company
  • someone who understands mobile, the strategy where Microsoft has staked its future by building its own PCs and buying Nokia’s device business for $7 billion.

Charlson notes there is really only one person that has all of these qualities, and that is Stephen Elop.

"Microsoft plans to become more of a mobile company. If they are going to abandon that strategy after buying Nokia for $7 billion, that’s highly doubtful. And if they are going to go with a mobile, Elop is the obvious choice," Charlson said.

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