Don't Let the Search for a New CEO Drag On

Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella. Photograph by Microsoft via AP Photo

The selection of Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s chief executive played out as the conclusion of a soap opera that started nearly six months ago, when Steve Ballmer announced his retirement. In the end, Microsoft’s board made the safe choice of promoting an insider, despite some calls for an outsider who would bring radical change. Was it by luck or happenstance that they “found” Nadella, despite the fact that he was there all along? And why did it take them six months?

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