Yahoo! News – There’s no shortage of criticism of Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer’s leadership style and now one former executive has decided to speak up and take his former boss to task. In an interview withReuters, former Windows sales senior vice president Joachim Kempin described Ballmer as a suffocating presence who is always looking to eliminate perceived threats to his reign as Microsoft’s chief executive.
“When you work that directly with Ballmer and Ballmer believes ‘maybe this guy could someday take over from me’, my God, you will have less air to breathe, that’s what it comes down to,” Kempin toldReuters. “It was Steve’s way or the highway.”
“They missed all the opportunities they were talking about when I was still in the company,” said Kempin, who worked at Microsoft from 1983 to 2002. “Tablets, phones…we had a tablet going, we had tablet software when Windows XP came out, it was never followed up properly.”
Finally, Kempin said that Microsoft’s board needed to take a hard look at whether Ballmer is the right man to lead the company and said that Microsoft could benefit from some young blood taking over to revive the company’s tradition of innovation.
“They need somebody maybe 35-40 years old, a younger person who understands the Facebook generation and this mobile community,” he said. “They don’t need this guy on stage with this fierce, aggressive look, announcing the next version of Windows and thinking he can score with that.”
Let’s not forget, this is also the same man who did this in 2006:
So I think it’s not stretch to believe that this guy just sniffs out people with great ideas, shits on them, forces them out and then rediscovers their ideas years later. That’s some Saddam Hussein shit right there. Firing people on a whim and shit. Let’s face it, really Microsoft has been a step behind everything cool (See: HDDVD’s, tablets, iPhones, etc). I’m just hoping this guy gets exposed for having a tremendous coke problem or something, it would certainly explain all his crazy behavior. Bet his team meetings are like this: