Former Microsoft Employee Says Steve Ballmer Must Go Marissa Mayer to Replace Him
Joachim Kempin worked at Microsoft for about two decades, first joining the company in the 1980s, when it only had about 400 employees.
Now he has written a book about what those years were like: "Resolve And Fortitude: Microsoft's Secret Power Broker Breaks His Silence."
In addition to telling the story of Microsoft's growth into a global powerhouse, Kempin's book includes a strong opinion about what has gone wrong at Microsoft over the past 10 years.
The problem is at the top, Kempin argues.
CEO Steve Ballmer is the wrong guy for the job. Kempin believes that Microsoft should be led by a technologist, not a businessman.
Microsoft could buy Yahoo and have Marissa Mayer run the whole show. Microsoft's online services have been losing billions for years and a merger with Yahoo would put Microsoft's online services in the black.
What a great move that would be for Microsoft. Marissa Mayer is the one person that knows all of Google's strengths and weaknesses. She's super intelligent and perfect to replace Ballmer as the CEO of Microhoo.
Kempin believes that Microsoft would be better off firing Steve Ballmer and hiring a tech executive from Google, Facebook, Apple or better yet, buy Yahoo and let Marissa Mayer run Microhoo--an executive that better understands the needs and desires of the Facebook generation. "That is exactly what is missing when it comes to Microsoft no longer being so great," Kempin explains.