Sunday, January 5, 2014

Microsoft's New CEO to be Announced in 2014

Months after Steve Ballmer announced plans to step down as chief executive, Microsoft heads into 2014 still searching for the right candidate. The new boss will be walking into a job where there's lots to celebrate and lots to worry about -- not the least being a company still seeking to figure out its place in a post-PC world. Perhaps the most pressing question facing Microsoft's next CEO will be whether it's worth keeping its different pieces together or recasting the company with fewer lines of business. Read more here

With a new CEO, pundits say Microsoft Windows will gain strength. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) will appoint the third CEO in its history, and the first that was not part of the original founding team. Microsoft has been transitioning into a devices and services company, and the next CEO will have the tough job of maintaining Microsoft's dominance in its core businesses while adapting to the changing technological landscape. 2014 will be an important year for Microsoft, and here's why.

Among the reasons being hazard as to why the search for a new Microsoft CEO is taking rather long is according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, current board members may be scaring off potential candidates. Read here

John W. Thompson, the director leading the CEO search, says the board is methodically seeking the right person for a complex role. But corporate directors, management consultants and some executives contacted about the job say the potential for boardroom clashes at Microsoft is a turnoff. Read more here

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