Microsoft Should Probably Look At Hiring Two CEOs, Analyst Believes

The hunt for the new Redmond leader is slowly entering the most interesting of phases. Outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer has already presided some of his final meetings as the head of Microsoft, and just earlier today wrote his final letter as CEO to shareholders.

All signs point to the fact that we are getting ever nearer to see a new face on board.

One analyst, however, wants to see two new faces on board. The familiar Rick Sherlund, an analyst with Nomura Research has put forward a rather interesting solution.

The analyst believes that Microsoft could try its hands with two different CEOs, and thereby split its business in two different areas that could then be managed much more easily.

According to recent reports, Alan Mulally of Ford remains the prime choice for Microsoft’s seat, but Sherlund also has an eye for former Microsoft executive Paul Maritz that can handle the cloud side of the business.

In a statement with GeekWire, Sherlund said:

“Mr. Mulally could mind the store and manage changes in the business while the exciting development work is managed by Mr. Maritz. We think that this is a match that could work, and that investors would obviously be thrilled if it came about.”

While this is quite definitely an interesting idea, it actually depends on whether or not Microsoft manages to bring the right people for the jobs. Still, the company is in the middle of a major transition, and having two CEOs can take the pressure off of both.

What do you guys think about this? Do comment.

  • Rodney Longoria

    I’d be fine with that, so long as there remained some sort of bridge between both the houses. Or else, you’d end up with the sort of thing Sinofsky did in making the same mistakes with Windows 8 while disregarding the missteps that the Windows Phone team did and not learning from the WP8 team.

    I mean specifically, the cloud is very important to both its corporate and consumers customers, right? Just as one example. Office 365 being another.