Microsoft’s Ballmer outed strong competitors for CEO role – Report

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, who took the helms of the company in 2000, loves his position.

Joachim Kempin, who was a former Microsoft executive, has wrote in his new book that Ballmer took out competitors who he thought could one day outstrip him at the top position.

The book reads that Ballmer needs to be ousted from the company for the software giant to become one of the most influential companies again. Their Windows 8 is not performing as expected and Windows Phone share is not that good as they expected.

Kempin gave the example of Richard Belluzzo, and revealed that: “He (Belluzzo) had no room to breathe on the top. When you work that directly with Ballmer and Ballmer believes ‘maybe this guy could someday take over from me’, my God, you will have less air to breathe, that’s what it comes down to.”

He is also not that fond of Ballmer’s capabilities as a CEO and has mentioned that he is not that good.

“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 Facebook Inc 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.”

Those are truly some scathing words from Kempin. What are your thoughts on this?

Via Reuters.