Feeds

Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

'He can neither spell consumer nor device' says Joachim Kempin

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Dan Lyons, the writer behind Fake Steve Jobs, has found someone willing to bucket incoming Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

That someone is Joachim Kempin, who was general manager of Microsoft Germany in the subsidiary's early days and rose to become a senior veep in charge of Microsoft's OEM business.

Kempin has form criticising Microsoft, as he penned a volume titled Resolve and Fortitude: Microsoft’s "secret power broker" breaks his silence and hasn't been shy talking it up by dishing some dirt.

Little wonder, then that he found something unpleasant to say about Nadella when chatting to Lyons.

The choice bits? Microsoft has “found their sheep, a follower” who “can neither spell CONSUMER nor DEVICE” (Kempin's caps).

Lyons says Kempin opined to him that “Insiders say the guy has not done anything impressive at all. So he will struggle getting attention and respect.” A one-time intimate of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, Kempin also feels the two former CEOs' presence on Microsoft's board will be disruptive because their influence runs deep. Conflict, he feels, is certain.

Kempin has argued that Microsoft needs to divest itself of some businesses in order to grow, but feels Nadella won't adopt his strategy.

“His stated goal is to bring innovation faster to market,” he said. “No track record there either. The best way to do that is to sell some parts of the company and get rid of a lot of fat. He won’t do that either.”

Kempin left the Microsoft glasshouse in 2002, so any stones he throws can't hurt him now that he's on the outside. And Nadella? He's well-shielded for now by a big buffer of euphoric honeymoon optimism. Once he wakes up next to the real Microsoft, Kempin's perspective might seem useful. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'
This affects every broadcaster, every cable guy
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links
Not even Google can withstand the power of Auntie
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register
You'll Read These And LOL Even Though They're Serious
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.