When Steve Ballmer was announcing the latest restructuring of Microsoft in July this year, he did not mention anything about his retirement or any idea about who will succeed him as Microsoft CEO.
However, today Ballmer has unveiled that he is going to retire within next year after his successor is named. Microsoft has said that the job is open for both external and internal candidates. However, the shake-up of management threw some light on a few executives who can potentially succeed Steve Ballmer. Two of the most prominent ones are Julie Larson-Green and Kevin Turner. However, here is a list of possible internal replacement:
- Kevin Turner: He is currently the No. 2 at Microsoft with the designation of Chief Operating Officer. However, he may see his chances cut because Microsoft is a company that has strong love for tech and engineering expertise and Kevin is from Sales.
- Terry Myerson: He is currently the engineering boss and heads all important, Windows-based PCs, smartphones, Xbox and smartphones team.
- Julie Larson-Green: Since Microsoft is changing into an organization that delivers services and devices, the chances of Julie Larson-Green crop up because she is currently heading Surface tablet and Xbox Videogame console.
- Satya Nadella: He heads many profitable ventures like back-end server software and databases etc. Ballmer has whispered in the past about Nadella being a potential successor. He has also been given additional responsibilities of data centers for housing computer networks.
- Tony Bates: He joined Microsoft when it acquired Skype. He is also in-charge of Lync video conferencing project.
- Qi Lu: He currently runs big money loser Bing Search Engine and will also take over Office Bundle.