Microsoft declines to name new Ballmer replacement this year, promises new CEO in ‘early 2014’

“Today Microsoft published a short blog post from John Thompson, a member of its board and the chair of its search committee for its next CEO,” Alex Wilhelm reports for TechCrunch.

“The entry stated that from an initial pool of 100 candidates, Microsoft narrowed to 20, a figure that has since shrunk, and that the board expects to make a choice in the ‘early part of 2014,'” Wilhelm reports. “This pushes back against the narrative that Microsoft intended to announce their new CEO inside of 2013, controlling expectations, and tamping down potential speculation if that rumored deadline was not met.”

Wilhelm reports, “Thompson ends on an upbeat note: ‘Microsoft has had only two CEOs in its 38-year history. As a Board, we are determined and confident that the company’s third CEO will lead Microsoft to renewed and continued success. We’re looking forward to 2014 and the opportunities and decisions that lie ahead.'”

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  1. Does anyone remember the flap about Apple not having a succession plan when Steve Jobs was ill? It was the crisis of the century, yet Microcrap is allowed to scrap along for months without a fill in for Monkey Boy. What a lousy company.

    1. I would have expected that Microsoft did have a succession plan – it would seem inconceivable that any properly run corporation would not have one. However my guess is that whoever was intended to be the next CEO doesn’t want the job after all and now they’re floundering around trying to find somebody else.

      The big problem for Microsoft is that it’s already in an unstable condition, with diminished sales of it’s core products and now it doesn’t have anybody operating the rudder, so there is no sense of direction anymore. Many executives within Microsoft will see this as an opportunity to push their particular agenda, often at the expense of other departments within Microsoft. As a result, there will be increased instability within the company until such time as a new CEO accepts the job. The longer that they take to find a successor, the bigger the mess that the incoming CEO will have to sort out.

    2. SJ had a positive value to the company. SB is a boat anchor to M$. Of course it matters. That said, Apple is valuable and you can manipulate it without fear as long as you keep its stock price low enough. M$ has no value so manipulating it won’t work. Push it down it will stay down.

  2. “The board expects to make a choice in the ‘early part of 2014” meaning that MS is so well run and organized … they don’t really need a new CEO because he doesn’t have much to do.

  3. IT would be awesome if someone did take over who scrapped the current Windows code (or do a ‘Rosetta’ on it) and start from scratch with a truly modern OS.

    Unfortunately, there’s more chance of me winning the lottery than that happening.

  4. While all the media and Wall Street dogs relentlessly hounded Apple and accused it of ‘No succession plan’ what on earth did they think Microsoft had in that bald mind???

  5. For a mere salary of $1 million per year, zero stock options, and the power to clean out the executive offices of dead wood, I would do it. But, typical of MS myopia, you can be sure that neither Linux nor Mac users aren’t even on the candidate list. That is probably why the next MS leader will come from within, and will make practically no changes to the company’s listless direction.

    Seriously, the inability to name Ballmer’s successor has less to do with finding qualified candidates and more to do with the fact that no one who knows how to turn around the MS Titanic really wants the job. Throwing more money at candidates doesn’t sweeten the pot, all the people on the list are already multi-millionaires happily raking in cash where they are.

    To be successful, the next leader of MS will have to keep Chairman Bill and his puppet board dazzled while undoing practically everything the company has done since 2002.

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