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

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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RE[2]: Comment by ThomasFuhringer
by arpan on Sat 24th Aug 2013 08:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ThomasFuhringer"
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Bill Gates was a good engineer, and a good CEO, wasn't he?

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I wouldn't bet on the "good engineer"part but that wasn't my point.
Being a good engineer does not automagically make you a good or even decent CEO. They're two completely different jobs that requires completely different skills.

Edited 2013-08-24 09:14 UTC

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