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Microsoft expects to finish CEO search in early 2014

  • Microsoft (MSFT -0.7%) director/search committee chief John Thompson states his company expects to finish its drawn-out CEO search "in the early part of 2014."
  • Thompson adds Microsoft initially started with a list of over 100 (!) possible CEO candidates, eventually narrowed it to ~20 people, and then did "deeper research and investigation."
  • He also notes Bill Gates has said the job requires "the ability to lead a highly technical organization and work with top technical talent." Those comments come a week after Bloomberg reported Alan Mulally's candidacy had "faded" due to concerns about his lack of an IT background. Mulally did, however, run product design teams at Boeing.
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  • NYCTEXASBANKER
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    Microsoft (MSFT -0.7%) director/search committee chief John Thompson states his company expects to finish its drawn-out CEO search "in the early part of 2014."
    Seeing they have such a long list of candidates Thompson should work for the US SENATE.
    Thompson adds Microsoft initially started with a list of over 100 (!) possible CEO candidates, eventually narrowed it to ~20 people, and then did "deeper research and investigation."
    Let me guess the first seven on the list were
    doc, grumpy, happy, sleepy, bashful, sneezy & dopey
    And dopey made the cut to 20.
    He also notes Bill Gates has said the job requires "the ability to lead a highly technical organization and work with top technical talent."
    How did GOOGLE get involved in this???
    17 Dec 2013, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • russellm454
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    Your comment is of no relevance.
    17 Dec 2013, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • NYCTEXASBANKER
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    russellm454
    As a long term shareholder you see my frustration which is shared by others. So their is relevancy that you didn't notice
    17 Dec 2013, 03:38 PM Reply Like
  • kata
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    They stole it, lol.
    17 Dec 2013, 09:00 PM Reply Like
  • 4thethrillofit
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    Now that how you vet candidates
    18 Dec 2013, 07:41 AM Reply Like
  • NYCTEXASBANKER
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    I guess if I was a former Microsoft worker, I wouldn't want people to think my comment was relevant either. Being a frustrated long term shareholder brings out my sarcasm.
    17 Dec 2013, 03:43 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    then sell it and move on
    17 Dec 2013, 04:17 PM Reply Like
  • NYCTEXASBANKER
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    wil3714
    you must be a young investor. I'm making over 20% in dividends and premiums on cover calls. If these guys get it together I could make 30%. Never leave money on the table if you can help it.
    17 Dec 2013, 07:33 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    If you had any knowledge in MS you would know they have 15+ products and over half growing combined 10% CAGR
    17 Dec 2013, 07:53 PM Reply Like
  • NYCTEXASBANKER
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    WIL3714
    Gee! How many products that have died since 1989 also how many products needed corrective action after release. how many companies have they bought and have not turned out a viable product.
    you might want to cost account how much the retrofit of win 8 cost
    17 Dec 2013, 09:11 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    Yeah you can look at it whatever way you want but in order to succeed you shouldnt be afraid to fail. At least they are innovating vs IBM, CSCO, INTC etc and have a formidable force in enterprise which no one can touch them. Even Linux offered for free for decades cant rtouch them. Xbox, Kinect needed to fail before it succeeded. Any software isnt going to be perfect just like apples.

     

    Your assumptions show your ignorance in that you read and follow whatever the headlines states and dont dive into the company and actually do so research into whatever your talking about.

     

    The thought of you never even mentioning enterprise, cloud, CRM, etc show you know nothing about the company
    18 Dec 2013, 03:00 PM Reply Like
  • NYCTEXASBANKER
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    wil3714

     

    gee!! I'm probably twice your age and have become multi millionaire
    through investing. I own over 300 equity securities and do all my own research while helping others pro bono.
    Maybe you could explain why the stock has only gone up 50% in 10 years with so many products having a 10% CAGR.
    18 Dec 2013, 03:21 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    lol if all I need to do is double my money in 30-40 years thats a breeze

     

    pro bono tells me your a lawyer yet lawyers dont anything about investing unless its insider information. WOW really 300 lol ether your lying or cheating. Sorry I dont need to lie steal cheat to make money like you.
    18 Dec 2013, 03:46 PM Reply Like
  • NYCTEXASBANKER
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    wil3714
    You have now proved your true ignorance. Pro bono in Latin means Done or donated without charge. I was a banker(1962-99,Army Medic (1968-70). worked for tech company(2000-1) and the US Treasury(2002-8). I was an volunteer EMT for years.
    I don't have to lie or cheat . I made my money through extra work and diligence to detail. I have traded since I was in the business. Long calls going back when you traded only through a put and call dealer.
    all I need to do is double my money in 30-40 years thats a breeze
    you might ask the baby boomers how well as a group they have done. I'm the first year baby boomer ask how many lost 50 % in 08-09 and left the market and now have a problem.
    18 Dec 2013, 04:28 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    "You have now proved your true ignorance. "

     

    Really, I would think a lawyer would talk more intelligent than that liar. Why are you giving me your life story no one cares!!

     

    I work for a mutual fund so I know how to limit my risk. You not owning a company like MS and bashing it shows me your investing skills are lacking. Considering your never mentioned any metrics or valuations also tells me your full of it doing research on 300 stocks. NO ONE CAN EVEN FOLLOW 300 STOCKS LET ALONE DO RESEARCH ON THEM IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD, YOUR FULL OF IT.
    18 Dec 2013, 06:46 PM Reply Like
  • NYCTEXASBANKER
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    WIL3714

     

    YOU are a total fool who can not read English.
    I mentioned I was a frustrated long term stockholder of MSFT.
    I said I was a banker not a lawyer.
    Once you acquire certain stocks it's buy and forget.
    Example I own ATT given to me by my parents on their passing.
    I just collect dividends and only had to worry in 1984 for all the spin offs and later with the regrouping. Besides looking at the closing prices daily and getting email alerts what big changes happen that I would need to be aware of. You make a mountain out of a mole hill.
    Here is an easy question why do you never short a call in the month of x dividend when the x date is before option expiration Friday?
    18 Dec 2013, 07:17 PM Reply Like
  • Kamil Kolacek
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    Ughh, just get over already so we do not have to read another freakin' article every single day about the potential new leader of this old tech Co.!!
    17 Dec 2013, 05:12 PM Reply Like
  • patral25
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    The MSFT CEO search has turned into a damn circus. These high flying "activist investors/newly appointed board" members ought to be ashamed of themselves. I'd like to see Gates publically humiliate Jeff Uben and Morgan Morfit of ValueAct Capital as they have done to his company. I am LONG MSFT through call options and am watching my investment head south as these bozos "leak" more ridiculous information about the soap opera, of their own creation, daily.
    17 Dec 2013, 05:35 PM Reply Like
  • LewL
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    You don't grow a great company for the long term by selling assets to appease Wall Street; you grow it by creating new products. IMHO, the CEO of a tech company doesn't need to be a working engineer, but does need to have a product perspective plus a significant knowledge of the technology the company is involved in... and an appreciation of the difficulties of creating new products and people who actually develop them. Without those two, you can't figure out where to go nor can you make the decisions as to what is possible and what products and opportunities to pass on.

     

    All that said, I thus agree with Gates' comments, and hope Microsoft makes their decision with those in mind. Also, I believe Ballmer did a much better job than he gets credit for, and though he was slow to recognize the changing market, he has positioned the company to do quite well in the coming years.
    17 Dec 2013, 05:41 PM Reply Like
  • virgilnet
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    Sooooo microsoft...
    17 Dec 2013, 05:48 PM Reply Like
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