Summary: The exodus of Microsoft managers picks up pace as more and more of them flee to other companies
In the previous post we saw the departure of Microsoft Corporate Vice President Linda Zecher. While researching her exit we also found out that, according to the ‘Microsoft press’, there are some other departures that escaped as much media attention although we managed to find appropriate links, the majority of which come from Microsoft boosters [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. According to Microsoft-friendly sources, one “left the company this week. Pell came to Microsoft in 2008 after Microsoft acquired search and natural-language company Powerset, where Pell was founder and CEO.” Microsoft also lost leaders of acquired companies such as TellMe. They don’t want to stay at Microsoft while the companies they built from scratch get ruined by Microsoft.
According to those same Microsoft-friendly sources, another important person is leaving, but they downplay the damage. “Mendlen isn’t completely severing his Microsoft ties,” they allege, “he has been appointed chief marketing officer of DevExpress, a Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP). According to a statement from DevExpress, Mendlen will assume his new role on Sept. 10.” They say he did “evangelism”, which is Microsoft’s euphemistic term for AstroTurfing. Here are more articles about it [1, 2, 3].
We ought to stress that there are many more like them who left without us noticing because we no longer look at Microsoft closely. When we watched Microsoft closely, especially around 2009 and part of 2010, we compiled a list that shows the high pace of departure. Microsoft’s revolving doors are a carousel. Why are people escaping? How bad does it look from the inside? █