Microsoft Confirms: Board Planning To Announce New CEO In Early Part Of 2014


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Late yesterday Suril posted: rumor: terry myerson has asked for the ceo announcement to be delayed until spring 2014

It look as if he was at least partially correct, John W. Thompson, a member of Microsoft’s board of directors today provided an update regarding Microsoft’s CEO search. He revealed that they are expected to announce the new CEO only in 2014.

Here is the announcement,

On Aug. 23, we announced that Steve Ballmer would be retiring from Microsoft within 12 months, and the Board of Directors was launching a search for a replacement, looking both externally and internally. Since then, we’ve been focused on finding the best possible person to lead the company. As we approach the end of the calendar year, there has been natural interest in getting an update on where we are in the process. I’m writing to share this with you here.

As the chair of the Board’s search committee, I’m pleased with our progress. The Board has taken the thoughtful approach that our shareholders, customers, partners and employees expect and deserve. After defining our criteria, we initially cast a wide net across a number of different industries and skill sets. We identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen, and then focused our energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals, all extremely impressive in their own right. As you would expect, as this group has narrowed, we’ve done deeper research and investigation, including with the full Board. We’re moving ahead well, and I expect we’ll complete our work in the early part of 2014.

At the same time, Microsoft has continued to drive hard. Our employees produced strong quarterly results, announced in October. They released new versions of Windows, our Surface products and many other offerings. And the launch of Xbox One was experienced around the world. All of us on the Board appreciate their continued focus and commitment.

At our shareholder meeting in November, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates provided an update on our search process. He noted that this is a complex role to fill, involving a complex business model and the ability to lead a highly technical organization and work with top technical talent.

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.

  • vmxr

    I hope Microsoft find the correct person to lead

    • Haymo

      Yeah, I think they must be having difficulties finding the right leader..

  • SategB

    This is a cluster f@ck, and the board and current management should be called out. One of the main responsibility of a Corporate Board is to have a well developed succession plan that is developed and implemented with the CEO. This Board allowed Ballmer to can anyone quality candidate that could challenge Ballmer; Sinofsky, Ozzie, Muglie, Allard.

    Now they have a lame duck CEO presiding over a major restructuring while trying to merge a huge new devision (Nokia) all at the same time new initiatives are struggling; Windows 8, not mention no traction with Phones and Tablets.

    It is turning into a case where any candidate who would be skilled and intelligent enough to take the CEO position, would be too skilled and intelligent to actually take it.