Ford board OK with Mulally stepping down earlier - Autoblog

Recently, Mulally has been the subject of rumors that he's interested in taking the CEO position at tech giant Microsoft. The Redmond, Washington-based company's CEO, Steve Ballmer, told the media in August that he'd be retiring in a year's time.

Hmm. This would definitely be a shakeup, but he'd need carte blanche from the Microsoft board to remake the company from the ground up, culturally as well as functionally. Long-term, that might be the best thing for Microsoft, but I don't think the situation is dire enough at the moment that it would be allowed. If Mulally is hired and not given that power, I expect there to be some friction, and not the good kind.