Are Microsoft missing a trick with the CEO search or is it just me???
For me at the moment there are three front-runners for the CEO role at Microsoft since Stephen Elop cleverly ruled himself out of the running by suggesting that Microsoft sells one of its most profitable and popular division in XBOX and shutting down the search engine that is that the core of the 4 operating systems that Microsoft currently offer (xbox, WP8, WRT & W8.1).
The three are:
- Alan Mulally
- Tony Bates
- Satya Nadella
Therefore to me the two that are left are Bates and Nadella. Now everyone has been asking, do we want a visionary or a manager. But my question is, why can we have both???
When Gates was CEO he was also Chief Software Architect. He led the company from a business perspective and led the company from a software perspective. And when Gates stepped back and Ballmer and Ray Ozzie took over, bar Vista, they worked together successfully on numerous projects and a lot of Ozzies work has been the foundation for Nadellas work.
Tony Bates is technical guy with a good background of running successful tech companies. I think he would be a perfect CEO. And working with Nadella in the Chief Software Architect role would be perfect as Nadella gets to shape all parts of of the software division. Nadella can help move more apps to the cloud and support the growth of Azure while at the same time shaping the new One Microsoft. And Bates can support him by managing everyone and the company. Elop can be left to his devices. Larson-Green can move from Elops team and take over Evanglisim. As a successful businesswomen with history in both software and hardware which is what the new Microsoft is. And apparently Nadella has a succesor already planned 'Scott Guthrie'???
I think this is the solution that will save and make Microsoft. But thats just me. What do you think????