Microsoft struggles to pick qualities of next leader: Report

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The search to replace departing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is dividing the company's directors, the Wall Street Journal reported, with the board split on what kind of qualities the tech giant's next leader should possess.

The Journal reported in a weekend article that Microsoft's search committee has its eye on "at least eight outsiders" and two current company executives. That list includes Ford Motor Chief Executive Alan Mulally, Oracle President Mark Hurd and Nokia Corp. executive Stephen Elop, who is already set to join Microsoft after the close of the Nokia cellphone deal, the publication added.

According to the Journal, the candidate roster reflects how the board is struggling to pick a chief executive who is either a technology innovation expert, or someone with a background steeped in the bureaucracy of running a large, sprawling organization.

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