Ex-Microsoft exec. says Steve Ballmer needs to step down and not force authority

By on January 23, 2013
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“Microsoft’s board is a lame duck board, has been forever. “


Joachim Kempin, a Microsoft executive in charge of Windows OEM sales from 1983 to 2002 is coming up with a new book called ’Resolve and Fortitude: Microsoft’s “secret power broker” breaks his silence’. In an interview with Reuters, Kempin talked about how Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO since 2000, has been stifling competition by forcing out up and coming managers who threaten to take over his job.

Working with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs since 1983, Kempin is one of the most senior employees of Microsoft to come out with the way the company’s management works. Or doesn’t, in many cases as Kempin points out.

They missed all the opportunities they were talking about when I was still in the company. Tablets, phones…we had a tablet going, we had tablet software when Windows XP came out, it was never followed up properly.”

While this led to the missed opportunity in trying to get to the tablet and smartphones market, Kempin also claims that Microsoft’s mismanagement of hardware manufacturers (OEMs) has led to the decline of PCs in general. Brining out their own tablet (Surface RT and Pro) has further led to OEMs getting worried about Microsoft’s way of work.

Is he a great CEO? I don’t think so. Microsoft’s board is a lame duck board, has been forever. They hire people to help them administer the company, but not to lead the company. That’s the problem,” said Kempin.

They need somebody maybe 35-40 years old, a younger person who understands the FacebookInc generation and this mobile community. They don’t need this guy on stage with this fierce, aggressive look, announcing the next version of Windows and thinking he can score with that.


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