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Microsoft prepares for a major executive reshuffle

Managers look over their shoulders
Mon Jun 24 2013, 12:05

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft reportedly is set for a major executive reshuffle, with CEO Steve Ballmer making plans with limited outside consultation.

Microsoft is coming off a busy 12 months with the firm launching updated versions of its Windows, Office and Windows Phone products and revealing the Xbox One games console. Now Ballmer is preparing for a high level reshuffle, with a number of long-serving executives' jobs on the line.

According to AllthingsD, Ballmer has been consulting with just a few board members and a few other employees over who he should promote or fire. One person told AllthingsD, "It feels like it is going to be titanic - that Steve is doing this change for his legacy, and it's the first time in a long time that it feels like that there will be some major shifts, including some departures."

It's reported that Microsoft employees have been aware that there might be changes but no action has actually taken place. Of course Ballmer has lost some top managers before, with Steven Sinofsky being perhaps the biggest name to have left recently, very shortly after Microsoft released Windows 8 to what could be described as a hostile reception.

While some industry watchers might call for Ballmer himself to retire, financial figures suggest that he remains safe in his job. Microsoft has kept on delivering surprisingly good financial results and returning money to shareholders, even while managing to weather the recent decline in PC sales.

Perhaps after the Xbox One second hand games debacle it is Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment division, that is under the most scrutiny for misjudging the market. µ


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