Last night news broke from several outlets that Microsoft is set to name one of its own executives, Satya Nadella, as its next CEO. Things may not be as final as they seem, however. Silicon Angle said Friday that it has learned that the actual top choice for Microsoft’s next head is new blood from one of the company’s largest competitors: Google’s Sundar Pichai.
Pichai, if you’re unaware, is Google’s senior vice president of Chrome and applications, but he also took the reins from Andy Rubin and now runs the company’s Android team. In other words, Pichai is well versed in desktop software and mobile, and has experience leading teams in both sectors. Microsoft has struggled in the mobile space and likely needs someone with desktop software know-how, too, so Pichai does seem like a perfect fit.
This is the first time we’ve heard Pichai’s name in the running for Microsoft’s CEO gigs, and the Redmond-based company may let cash talk. Google allegedly paid him $50 million to stay on board when he first thought of straying away to an exec gig at Twitter – but Microsoft has deep pockets, too, and a CEO job won’t look too shabby on his resume. Microsoft is looking to name a CEO soon, so we’ll let you know how this unfolds.