All eyes are on Microsoft these days as the company searches for a new CEO to take the crown from outgoing head Steve Ballmer. This weekend a report from tech website AllThingsD pointed out current EVP of business development Tony Bates as the potential heir incumbent.
According to AllThingsD’s report, Microsoft insiders as well as several Silicon Valley leaders feel that Bates would definitely be the best choice for the coveted CEO position at Microsoft. Bates, who was formerly the head of Microsoft’s Skype division, is seen by many people close to the global tech company as “the best candidate across all of the various criteria,” according to anonymous sources.
British-born Bates seems to be a classic Silicon Valley case of rising in the ranks, having dropped out of college to teach himself to code before rising through the ranks. Other likely competitors for the role are Nokia CEO Steven Elop, Ford Motors CEO Alan Mulally, or Microsoft’s own server and tools chief, Satya Nadella.