Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 13:12 UTC
Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

This was long overdue. Microsoft needs fresh blood at the top - not a salesman, but a visionary.

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Comment by Desiderantes
by Desiderantes on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 13:55 UTC
Desiderantes
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2012-04-14

Ballmer battled every possible sucessor they could have. now that he'll leave, who will take the lead?

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RE: Comment by Desiderantes
by Stephen! on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 14:25 in reply to "Comment by Desiderantes"
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2007-11-24

Ballmer battled every possible sucessor they could have. now that he'll leave, who will take the lead?


Maybe they'll get down on their knees and beg Sinofsky to come back.

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RE: Comment by Desiderantes
by Chrispynutt on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 14:41 in reply to "Comment by Desiderantes"
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2012-03-14

Agreed the next tier down are vision-less execs, that are ruthless enough to keep their positions.

Anyone that was a genuine threat to Balmer has been given the elbow.

Hopefully at least they will get over their mid-life crisis and settle down to boring but needed work, rather than looking like Doctor Evil trying to be down with the kids.

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