Qualcomm COO Steve Mollenkopf is reportedly among the top candidates in Microsoft’s search for a new CEO. The Redmond company is currently on the prowl after the mercurial Steve Ballmer announced his resignation this past August; Ford CEO Alan Mulally and former Nokia head Stephen Elop have both been part of Microsoft’s golden short list, but Mollenkopf’s credentials might help him secure the position. Microsoft promised to find a replacement by the end of 2013, which is only a few weeks away.
According to sources speaking with Bloomberg, Microsoft holds Mollenkopf’s experience as second in command at Qualcomm in high regard, especially as the Redmond company continues to transition to hardware and services. Mobile is still a huge opportunity for Microsoft, though the company has yet to firmly claim its stake. Mollenkopf could drive Microsoft into new territory. Both Microsoft and Qualcomm have declined to comment.
Other candidates are still up for consideration, including Microsoft’s own Satya Nadella, so Mollenkopf has plenty of competition to go up against. But given his experience—he’s been at Qualcomm since 1994—his knowledge of technology could certainly bring a lot to Microsoft’s future, both in mobile and in the living room.