The man considered likely to be the next CEO at Ford Motor Company is dismissing new reports that current CEO Alan Mulally may be leaving earlier than expected.
Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields says thereÂ’s been no change to what they announced in November which was that Mulally would remain CEO at least until the end of 2014.
Fields brushed off suggestions that he may be preparing to move up to the top job at Ford.
There's been persistent speculation that Mulally is being wooed to replace retiring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
The Wall Street Journal's technology site is reporting that discussions between Microsoft and Mulally have become more serious in recent weeks. But, the report said there have been no formal contract negotiations.
Mulally, according to the publication, turned down Microsoft at first, but has recently Â“become more amenable to the idea.Â”
Mulally, who worked at Boeing before coming to Ford, still has a home in the Seattle area. In an interview with Bloomberg News earlier this month, Mulally said he had no plans to leave Ford early.