With Gates on his way out, should Ballmer retire?

With Gates on his way out, should Ballmer retire?

Apr 28, 2020 / By : / Category : 老域名购买

Steve Ballmer's history with Microsoft is almost as long as Bill Gates' history. Five years after the company started in 1975, Gates hired Ballmer as a manager for the company. Over the years, Microsoft's Steve has been in several roles, but most notably he was named to Chief Executive Officer in January 2000. He's stayed in that position since. 老域名购买

Now, with Gates announcing that he will be giving up his day job and handing it off to Ray Ozzie, one has to speculate whether it is time for Ballmer to leave as well. The man has run his term, and with Microsoft's stock price flailing about, it just could be time for him to go. Back in May, Ars reported a rumor that Microsoft could be looking to fire Ballmer, but it hasn't come to fruition—at least not yet. But for Ballmer, now is as good of a time as any to go out gracefully. If he were to leave within the next few years, Microsoft has some stellar candidates sitting in the wings as well.

One such candidate is Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner. Before Microsoft, Turner was Wal-Mart's CIO and also ran the Sam's Club division of the company. While he has had a relatively short stint with the Redmond giant, he has had plenty of experience with the company's software from his days at Wal-Mart.

Two other possible candidates include Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division, and Kevin Johnson, who is co-President, Platforms & Services Division. Johnson handles several divisions including Windows and Windows Live Group, Windows Live Platform Group, Online Business Group, Market Expansion Group, Core Operating System Division, Windows Client Marketing Group, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, and the Server and Tools Business Group. Johnson's credentials are much like Ballmer's. Before entering the Platform and Services division, he was vice president of Microsoft's worldwide sales, marketing, and services. He's been with the company since 1992, and before that was with IBM.

Bach has his hand in several places over at Microsoft. His position allows him to oversee the Xbox and Games for Windows businesses, the Macintosh Business Unit, and the Mobile and Embedded Business Unit. He's been with Microsoft for 16 years and has held several big-league roles within the company. His success weighs heavily on the Xbox 360's success. If the console were to hold its own once the Wii and PS3 are out, then Bach is sure to be considered for the job.

If Ballmer were to leave, Microsoft would certainly be ready to shoe someone else in to place. Turner, Bach, and Johnson would all be fine CEOs; that is if Ballmer is willing to give up his power.

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