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Microsoft’s COO Kevin Turner rumored to replace Steve Ballmer as the next CEO

This story is based on the rumor, as one Chinese website related to Windows claims that Microsoft has already chosen the next heir to the CEO throne, citing information from anonymous source.

Kevin Turner - Microsoft
Kevin Turner – Microsoft

WPDANG, a Chinese tech blog said that the current COO (Chief Operating officer) of Microsoft, Kevin Turner will succeed Steve Ballmer as the firms next CEO and claims even more revelation. It also said that Kevin Turner would be work as CEO for only 2-3 years and then he will be replaced by everyone’s favorite, Stephen Elop, Nokia’s former CEO.

Till today, both Turner and Elop were favorite in the list of the rumored candidates for the post of CEO. Recently, Reuters also reported that the company already narrowed the list of candidates to 5 people – Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Stephen Elop former CEO of Nokia, former Skype CEO Tony Bates, Microsoft cloud and enterprise chief Satya Nadella and one other internal candidate from the company. And that fifth guy could be Turner, may be. Addition to this, even Steve Ballmer also said in September that Elop is the candidate for the CEO post of Microsoft. Recently, Ford CEO Alan Mulally rejected the company’s reported claims as next CEO.

The story from this Chinese website is true or just a rumor, the report points something unusual happenings of the company – choosing an internal employee as a CEO, then replacing him by the other favorite candidate after few years, may be permanently. If it i said to be a true news, then Microsoft is aiming to get relief for short time and focusing on long term vision and direction, with Elop. What’s your opinion – who could be the next CEO?

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