Ford's Alan Mulally turns down rumours of Taking Up Job As Microsoft CEO

Ford's Alan Mulally turns down rumours of Taking Up Job As Microsoft CEOAlan Mulally, Ford CEO has turned down rumours of him becoming Microsoft's next head.

Mulally, said in an interview that was published on Tuesday, "I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford."

Mulally plans to remain at Ford through the end of 2014 and perhaps longer, in keeping with plans the car maker made in November 2012.

When last August Ballmer announced that he'd be stepping down as Microsoft chief within a year, the speculations started. In early September last year, the software giant announced a blockbuster deal to acquire Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion (£4.4 billion), news that immediately put Nokia CEO Elop to the top of the speculative list of Ballmer's successors.

But later that month, it was reported that Mulally had "vaulted to the forefront of the candidates to become the new CEO of Microsoft."

As recently as November, Mulally was still being tipped as one of the top candidates to replace Ballmer, along with Elop and Skype chief Tony Bates.

People backing Mulally for the top job in Redmond pointed to his achievement at turning Ford around, his widespread experience in the CEO role, and his engineering background from his days at Boeing at the start of his career.