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

6. Paul “Blitz” Maritz Paul Maritz has hopped furiously around head-honcho gigs for the past decade, flitting from one C-level exec role to another. He’s got tech chops, which helped his rise at Microsoft to govern both its server and client platform development. He resigned in 2000 just in time to dodge the Windows ME bullet. Since then, he co-founded Pi Corp. (which got munched up by EMC), jumped to CEO of rabidly anti-Microsoft VMware in 2008, and then to a CEO position with startup Pivotal in early 2013. This kind of corporate ADHD would have made Maritz a perfect match for Microsoft’s flailing product development initiatives, plus his hair seems to be going the way of Ballmer, the perfect combo for Ritalin and Rogaine jabs at Redmond.

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