In Pictures: CEOs Microsoft missed

In Satya Nadella, Microsoft played it sensible. Here are the Ballmer successors we tech wags wanted to make our Redmond-flogging jobs a little easier

9. Stephen “The Flop” Elop Stephen Elop’s nickname stems not from the mess he would have made of Microsoft as CEO (though he would’ve definitely sent MS into the toilet), but from his sizable man-boobs. Elop left Microsoft once to head up Nokia because he couldn’t handle the corporate pressure or the Seattle climate, and both were practically nonexistent at Nokia because everyone knows Finland has great weather and, at the time, Nokia had nowhere to go but up. Before that, he helped run Boston Market into bankruptcy as its questionably technology-savvy CIO. He’s got just the right amount of unreasoning Apple/Google-phobia to have rerouted Microsoft’s primary resources at Surface and Windows Phone so the company could have finally chucked its enterprise baggage and concentrated on the real money makers.

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