/// No Heir — Though Lots of Spares — to the Microsoft Throne in New Reorg of Tech Giant

July 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital


There were doubtlessly be a lot of what-it-all-means chewing over the two very long memos by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about his massive redo of the Microsoft executive bench today. Among the many questions: Can the notoriously political execs at the software giant learn to play nice in the much more significantly interdependent new organization? Can there be such a thing as “One Microsoft”? What happens when there is disagreement and management finds it hard to follow Ballmer’s rule that “we are rallying behind a single strategy as one company — not a collection of divisional strategies”? All of this will be sorted out in the months ahead, of course, taking many months or more before it’s clear how the new org works. But one key question that the longtime leader of the tech giant most definitely did not answer in any way whatsoever is the increasingly interesting question of who will eventually replace him in running the company. The new reorg does not point to any one person as an heir apparent to Ballmer. To be clear: Ballmer is not close to retiring from his job with this change, despite periodic pressure from a variety of shareholders to dump him and persistent rumors that he was on the brink of stepping down. But, despite a lot of criticism, he is not going anywhere for a while

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No Heir — Though Lots of Spares — to the Microsoft Throne in New Reorg of Tech Giant


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