Mass exodus of Microsoft executives continues

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac“While Google’s senior management reshuffles, Microsoft appears to be folding its entire hand of face card executives and core engineers,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“Juniper Networks announced today that it had recruited Brad Brooks, an eight year Microsoft veteran who had managed the marketing of Windows Vista and Windows 7,” Dilger reports. “In a late 2008 interview with Newsweek Brooks insisted, ‘nobody here looks at Vista as a fiasco,’ and went on to say that 89 percent of users asked Vista said they were satisfied or very satisfied. Microsoft didn’t fire Brooks or ask him to leave however; he took the Juniper job on his on volition.”

Dilger reports, “Brooks’ departure marks the third high profile figure to leave the company this week, joining Johnny Chung Lee, credited with the development of the company’s fast selling Kinect motion sensing add on for Xbox 360, who left for Google, and Matt Miszewski, Microsoft’s general manager of worldwide government, who exited for Salesforce.com. A week ago, Microsoft’s chief executive Steve Ballmer announced plans to replace Bob Muglia, the company’s head of its Servers & Tools Business division. Microsoft also lost Chris Liddell, its chief financial officer, at the end of 2010.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Nothing to see here. Move along. Ballmer is steering the ship and he’ll get replacements soon. We like his strategy. We like it a lot! wink

23 Comments

  1. “In a late 2008 interview with Newsweek Brooks insisted, ‘nobody here looks at Vista as a fiasco,’ and went on to say that 89 percent of users asked Vista said they were satisfied or very satisfied.

    I sure wouldn’t hire anyone comfortable with that level of blatant denial. (Though, perhaps that’s what Juniper was looking for?)

  2. The article mentions visionary – in an article about Microsoft? My suspicion is that these people were all trying to be visionaries and were rebuffed and/or they just figured that the frustration of working on a rudderless ship is no longer worthwhile.

  3. Washington state is sliding downhill fast – MS’s on its way to circling the drain, and Boeing appears to suddenly have forgotten how to design and build new aircraft – see the 787 “Dreamliner,” which is now more than three years late and counting.

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