Why is Microsoft having such difficulty finding a new CEO? As Re/code reports, many potential CEO candidates are worried about whether they ll really have a free hand to run the company with founder and chairman Bill Gates lurking in the background. In fact, Re/code s sources both inside and outside Microsoft say Gates is more likely to remain visible, depending on the new leader, as well as more active within the company. Also Read - Xbox Game Pass: List of games coming to consoles in July, big games releasing next month
This obviously comes with some upsides and downsides. On the plus side, Gates would seem to represent a steadying presence who could give Microsoft a clear direction while the new CEO learns the ropes of running the company. On the downside, it might be hard to find a CEO who s willing to take over the company if they feel as though Gates will be second-guessing their every move.
There are many positive examples of the return of founders at Apple (where it worked!), Google (where it worked!), Re/code writes. But Yahoo s Jerry Yang found that out as a CEO and later when he stayed at the company as a key player when the founder speaks, everything can also stop dead.
For what it s worth, Re/code expects that Microsoft will announces its new CEO at the end of January at the very earliest.