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May 21, 2007

Latest Microsoft reorg points to Ballmer successor?

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano at 1:51 PM

On Friday, the big news of Microsoft's aQuantive acquisition overshadowed another interesting development at the company.

Microsoft moved some big pieces around in the organization with the result that Business Division Jeff Raikes is now responsible for more than half the company's revenue and the bulk of its earnings growth, according to analysis by Robert Helm at Directions on Microsoft, as quoted in this IDG News Service story.

"It puts [Raikes] in a strong position to succeed CEO Steve Ballmer, should Ballmer decide to start a retreat from day-to-day management," Helm said.

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