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Microsoft expects to name new chief early in 2014

Published on Dec 18, 2013 6:32 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Microsoft on Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013, said the hunt for a new chief executive to lead the ageing technology titan in the mobile Internet age should be over by early 2014.

"We identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen and then focused our energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals," Microsoft board member John Thompson said in an update posted online.

"As you would expect, this group has narrowed," he continued. "We're moving ahead well, and I expect we'll complete our work in the early part of 2014." Outgoing Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer last month said the computer giant had to reinvent itself as the company struggles to keep up in the mobile devices sector.

"Unless you're constantly inventing something new, you're old and tired," Mr Ballmer said at a conference in Rome. "Today we're having to remake ourselves." Mr Ballmer was a classmate and friend of Mr Bill Gates from their days at Harvard University in the 1970s.

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