Ericsson's Vestberg Now on Microsoft CEO List

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Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft's board is considering Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg as a potential successor to departing leader Steve Ballmer, according to people briefed on the search. Square Co-Founder Jim McKelvey speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg)

Used to work for ibm.

You have been following this whole thing.

What do you think?

I think it is time for a new leader at microsoft.

Microsoft should have bought amazon and put steve bezos in charge.

About five years ago the had enough cash.

It looks like they would have -- it would have worked.

They would never have sold.

It would have been a good match.

What do you think of the candidates who have been thrown out there?

I have not paid any attention.

This sort of handicapping of candidates is not terribly relevant because microsoft is not terribly relevant.

I'm watching google, yahoo!, facebook and twitter.

But i'm not watching microsoft.

Jon erlichman, you can tell us about all those candidates, but the real issue is, is anyone going to want to go out on this?

We were talking about that today on "bloomberg west." even know they are kind of out of the picture, they are really not at all.

Do you really have the flexibility to do something transformational?

You talked about the possibility of having a bezos, which probably isn't a reality right now.

Is there somebody who can think differently coming from microsoft who can say this is what we're going to do, when steve ballmer said here is the restructure of microsoft, here is the game plan for us to stay relevant for the next 5-10 years.

Are you in a position to move away from that?

Then to get to this candidate we have uncovered over the last 24 hours from ericsson, it suggest this is somebody who is able to live within the world of steve ballmer and bill gates.

I just think that is marginalizing your candidate from the start saying he have to use this your -- this structure, which is not particularly relevant anymore.

I wouldn't want to be put in charge of everything right now.

It looks like a mess.

Do you think it can be fixed?

Parts of it can.

What should be fixed, and what should be let go?

They should get a lot more aggressive with search.

They had some great opportunities a couple of years ago to improve search, and they missed those.

I think they could do a lot more with mobile and with location.

And just get the idea that they are going to be unable to sell and start making products again.

A more optimistic view comes from matthew klein of bloomberg view.

He basically writes that microsoft is an extraordinarily successful company.

It holds $77 billion in cash and short-term investments.

Do you ever hear those positive comments when you are looking at ceo replacement?

Sure, absolutely.

They are a massive company and they do have a lot of cash.

The world of technology, which him only as every day, it moves so quickly that there is the question about what you are doing to be at the head of the table.

Nobody really mentions microsoft in those conversations right now.

That is the question, how do you stay relevant longer-term while you are making a lot of money?

The fact that you are so tied to those legacy businesses that have been so profitable can sometimes make it harder to make that move.

Let's talk about a company that is spending a lot of money on acquisitions, and that is yahoo!


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