Microsoft’s Make-or-Break Decision: Selecting the Next CEO

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the Dipoli Conference Center in Espoo, Finland, on Sept. 3. Photograph by Henrik Kettunen/Bloomberg

The Microsoft board faces the enormous task of finding the right chief executive to replace Steve Ballmer—not the most charismatic, tech savvy, illustrious, or even most accomplished leader, but the one who fits the precise needs of the company in the future. Making this distinction is the board’s most important task.

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