Report: Bill Gates to be 'much more involved' in Microsoft with new CEO

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is more involved with the company's search for a new executive than originally thought, a new report claims, citing a source who says Gates plans to be "much more involved in the company going forward."

According to a new report by Re/code's Kara Swisher, Microsoft won't name its new CEO to replace Steve Ballmer in January, largely because Gates, who remains the chairman of Microsoft, will be indisposed for most of the month. Much of his availability is being taken by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Swisher states, as he will be working on the foundation's lengthy annual letter.

Gates has stated he'll spend "considerable time" with Microsoft's new CEO, though it was previously reported that his say in the choice of that person wouldn't be as great as many believed. Several articles have noted that another member of Microsoft's board, John Thompson, is leading the search process, though Swisher's source states that "nothing is going to happen without [Gates]," implying that the Microsoft founder may have the final say in who leads the company.

It was previously reported that Microsoft hoped to name a new CEO by the end of 2013, though it's now planning on revealing a new leader early this year. On Dec. 17, a statement attributed to Thompson was posted on Microsoft's website announcing the timeframe, though no hints were given about an exact date. Thompson wrote that he was "pleased" with the board's search progress, saying that the list of candidates had been narrowed in the process. Ford CEO Alan Mulally narrowed that list further when he formally took himself out of the running Tuesday following several non-denials.

With Mulally's exit, several internal candidates likely lead the list to be Ballmer's replacement.

Swisher claims Satya Nadella, Microsoft's executive vice president of cloud and enterprise group, is the leading internal candidate for the position, followed by Tony Bates, executive vice president of the business development and evangelism group. Stephen Elop, who will return to Microsoft when its acquisition of Nokia's smartphone unit is complete, is said to be "a more distant third."

External candidates remain relatively unknown for the position, as several have declined to be considered. Paul Maritz, a former Microsoft executive who Swisher says is "the dream CEO for many inside Microsoft," allegedly spoke with Gates about the position but removed himself from the running.

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Am really looking forward to have BIll Gates back in the company, somewhat indirectly pulling some strings.

He left way before I was hired, but will be interesting how he will change Microsoft once again

Finally. It's about time he got involved again, he's left it far too long and it's gone stagment.
It's time for them to reinvent themselves, re-evaluate their position in the industry and do something amazing to bring them back on track.

Gates invented the company these people who claims he should resign should shoot themselfs how dare you say this when you have no clue what it takes to set up ur own company gates will always be thought of highley esp by windows programmers he has made many of us very rich just cause others from linux background do not diss bill gates the man is a company genius he made the model of going out buying up companies for his goles so be it hes enough money to do it and is kind to third world countries.

My bet as the new CEO: Asthon Kutcher. why?, he looks like Jobs and MS is really trying to be the next Apple.

I'd also like to see him more involved in the design of the operating system. We could have avoided this Windows 8 debacle.

He's no great design guru (and OT, no matter how he's deified neither was Jobs). He also must have signed off along with Ballmer and the board on what was a massively significant change in their primary product.

Jesus would still facepalm himself if there was just one candidate on their list ...there must have been many more. I find it both baffling and funny at the same time, since I was taking a course in Human Resource Management in my college last semester and in the textbook it stated that Microsoft was one of the firms that had succession plans ....well, somewhere along the line they must have fcked up

Interesting. this means that we will have an outsider? I hope at least it is somebody who isn't afraid to compete and will not give way to the self defeating retreat attitude that call for MSFT to become IBM 2.0 and retreat to the server rack. Any MSFT CEO that isn't ambitious enough to wage a Gates style war on competitors isn't suited for running the world's largest software company.

0nyX said,
Go Bill

True of course but I was referring solely to the CEO selection process. The article was eluding that it must wait for Gates to return not just for his vote, but to be more hands on when the new CEO starts.

92GTA said,
Of course he is involved, as a member of the board of directors his vote counts.

I think the point of the article is beyond that. Gates was very hands off in the past decade.

I hope he will be involved... Bill was the mastermind behind Microsoft and it only makes sense.

I hope Satya becomes the new CEO - he's doing great work so far and he's hip and cool and he has what it takes to bring the company to great places.

I think they need someone like Marissa Mayer to fix things. Someone who's not afraid to make big changes (in the right direction this time, hopefully).

Ambroos said,
I think they need someone like Marissa Mayer to fix things. Someone who's not afraid to make big changes (in the right direction this time, hopefully).

nothing about yahoo's direction says that Marissa has fixed anything. She changed a lot of things but any CEO can do that. Marissa is looking more like HP's failed executive Carly Fiorina than she is to a visionary like Gates, Jobs etc. So far she has yet to prove she is nothing more than a clueless CEO who achieved a position thanks to the fact she was standing on the shoulders of giants from google as an old employee and not because she is a visionary.

greenwizard88 said,
It'll be Tony Bates.

Gates + Balmer = Bates

Isn't it obvious?

Bates doesn't understand the Microsoft culture enough to run it nor does he have experience with a company this size to make up for it. Plus he ran Skype dude, the most awful app in the world after iTunes for windows. That guy is running the acquisitions team for a reason: he is better kept away from making software.

Plus he ran Skype dude, the most awful app in the world after iTunes for windows.

I don't think that's quite fair. I'm pretty sure that Realp

Buffering... (37%).

I also think he will give up his chairman seat, and give it to ... Mulally. towards the end of 2014, when he becomes free from Ford - and anyway chairman is not a full time job.
So he might spend time to set up the transition, but it will only be to accelerate his departure.

dopydope said,
I also think he will give up his chairman seat, and give it to ... Mulally. towards the end of 2014, when he becomes free from Ford - and anyway chairman is not a full time job.
So he might spend time to set up the transition, but it will only be to accelerate his departure.

I imagine there's a good chance Mulally will be a director on Microsoft's board at some point. I don't know that he'll be chairman, but he has a strong relationship with Ballmer.

I approve!

Forget Elop if he plans to sell everything off. Microsoft needs to retain these different divisions if they are to compete against Google and Apple.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
No, this is not true. We were told over and over again that he was being forced out and would likely leave the board.

Edit: http://www.neowin.net/news/rum...gates-to-resign-as-chairman

I really hope it is not true, as Gates is what is holding the company back. He is the founder so the employees don't want to disappoint him or do something he doesn't like, therefore they are afraid to explore many areas like Google does.

Anthony Tosie said,

Those were investors who wanted him gone. Investors want a lot of things, and they rarely agree. Plus, read the first sentence of the final paragraph: "The story suggests the board will not cave into the demands of the three investors."

I don't see what I wrote conflicts with the article. There are some people who want to force them out, it was repeated over all sorts of web sites how he will be forced out. I only added the link for more information about what I wrote. It was not a commentary on the linked article.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

I don't see what I wrote conflicts with the article. There are some people who want to force them out, it was repeated over all sorts of web sites how he will be forced out. I only added the link for more information about what I wrote. It was not a commentary on the linked article.


You wrote, "No, this is not true." Regardless of whether it was sarcastic, I was explaining the situation. The articles we and others have written have almost universally said it's unlikely he'll be gone.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
No, this is not true. We were told over and over again that he was being forced out and would likely leave the board.

Edit: http://www.neowin.net/news/rum...gates-to-resign-as-chairman

cording to MSFT industry veteran and observer Mary Jo from ZD.NET, neither gates nor ballmer are being forced out. remember gates is a major shareholder, still first in fact and ballmer is #2. so technically they run the board and the board couldn't possibly force them out.

not that the board wants to anyways as the "one Microsoft" strategy of current CEO was conceived by the board, gates, and ballmer. It makes sense they want Gates in there because honestly the board loves the guy. He's the steve jobs like hero of that company while ballmer is more like tim cook.

if anybody is out will be ballmer. yet he already stated repeatedly he loves MSFT he isn't going anywhere and as a major shareholder, unless you buy his shares, his power will be hard to override.