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CIOs tell Microsoft: Take the time you need to pick the right CEO

Juan Carlos Perez | Jan. 20, 2014
Microsoft can't afford picking the wrong person as its next CEO, they say.

Eric Egnet, COO and CIO at Mobility Services International in New Hampshire, is also hoping the new CEO will be, as he puts it, "in touch with the times" and able to challenge the status quo, because, in his opinion, Microsoft has suffered from a lack of innovation that has put it in "catch up" mode in many instances.

"The new CEO needs to foster a culture of change, be able to foresee the future, encourage organic breakthrough thinking and execute with agility," Egnet said via email.

Ultimately, he said, the new CEO should put Microsoft in a position where it can "deliver tomorrow's technology today."

So as Microsoft looks for the person who will be the third CEO in its history, stepping into a role only Ballmer and co-founder Bill Gates have held, CIOs wait to see if the search committee will strike gold -- or strike out.


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