Elop one of five candidates for top Microsoft job

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Former Nokia president and CEO reportedly on the reduced shortlist to replace the retiring Steve Ballmer

Nokia executive vice president of devices and services Stephen Elop is on a shortlist of five people to replace Stave Ballmer as Microsoft’s CEO.

This according to a report by Reuters, which cites sources familiar with the matter.

It claims Elop (pictured) has been joined as a candidate for the position by at least four other people. These include Ford Motor co-chief Alan Mulally, Skype CEO Tony Bates and Microsoft head of enterprise Satya Nadella.

Other names being suggested include Computer Services chief executive Mike Lawrie and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Reuters said that despite the smaller shortlist, which began at 40 names, the selection process could continue for another few months.

In September, Ballmer said he would retire within 12 months following 33 years at Microsoft. This coincided with the announcement that Microsoft had agreed to buy Nokia’s mobile phone business for $7.2 billion (£4.6 billion), with the deal likely to be concluded in Q4.

Elop immediately stepped down from his position as Nokia’s CEO and became executive vice president of its devices and services business.

He was expected to become an executive vice president of Microsoft once the deal is complete. Elop had joined Nokia from Microsoft to take on the position of CEO in September 2010. At Microsoft, he had served as the head of its business division for two-and-a-half years.

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