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Microsoft CEO Search: Ericsson's Vestberg A Contender
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melgross
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melgross,
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1/16/2014 | 2:00:52 PM
Dwindling candidate list
It seems as though several "front runners", whatever that means, have either taken themselves out of the running, or have been taken out by their companies, with promotions and more compensation. Microsoft is moving down the list. What makes this guy a leading candidate? Is he really interested? If not, then no matter how Microsoft may want him, he's not a candidate at all. The is the first we've even heard his name mentioned. As I've been saying for months, CEO's are vain and full of themselves, as to a certain extent, they must be. Either a major contender (from Microsoft's viewpoint) won't be interested because of the issues mentioned in this article (and numerous other articles), or will be interested, because they somehow think that they are important enough to bull their way through the Ballmer/Gates duopoly and company interia. So far, most seem to be realistic enough to know they won't be able to, and so, are staying away. Microsoft will end up with a person down on the list they wouldn't have seriously considered if the better candidates hadn't declined, and that won't be a good thing for Microsoft. But it may be the only thing they can hope for. I believe it was a big mistake to announce Ballmer'w firing, er that is, retirement, before they had a good idea of who was to succeed him. The way this is proceeding is embarrassing for Microsoft, for any candidate who does accept, as they will be pointed at as being a very secondary choice, and will limit the influence of whomever this person turns out to be, within the company. Overall therefor, a major headache, and a major blunder.
Michael Endler
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1/16/2014 | 4:26:39 PM
Re: Dwindling candidate list
Thanks for reading, melgross. Many interesting points. We might never know how many people atop Microsoft's CEO wish list actually dropped out for the listed reasons, what with all the nameless sources involved. But at least a few would-be candidates have seemed discouraged by what should be a highly desirable job. The wrong CEO can do a lot of damage, so hopefully Microsoft makes the right call. I know a lot of people think a change of culture is necessary, but I still think some of the internal candidates, such as Nadella, are intriguing.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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1/16/2014 | 4:39:50 PM
Re: Dwindling candidate list
At least he's not Elop, slayer of Nokia.
RobPreston
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1/17/2014 | 9:37:17 AM
Re: Dwindling candidate list
This Microsoft process reminds me a bit of HP's CEO search before it ended up with Leo Apotheker. 
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mrtylerlevinsky,
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1/18/2014 | 4:41:29 PM
Internal Microsoft memo going around
WE WANT CREDIT for all products/projects for everyone working on them. We want the same equal credit given as those in the film industry!

WE WANT LIVE/WORK SPACES m-f living at work with fulltime pay.

WE WANT RETIREMENT for those seeking faster retirement after ten years and those seeking it after twenty. We want retirement NOW for all!

WE WANT the illegal no-hire agreement between major tech companies to end. The agreement not to hire each other employees is illegal and has to end NOW!

WE WANT an AMERICAN Citizen as the next CEO!

WE WANT the guy who occupied microsoft and lived at work for a year as the next CEO


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