Microsoft’s next online chief
Microsoft’s president of platforms and services Kevin Johnson, who spearheaded the company’s pursuit of Yahoo, plans to bolt for the top job at nearby Juniper in a move that deals a setback to the software giant’s online chase after Google.
AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher comes up with a shortlist of candidates from her sources that include a roster of insiders, led by aQuantive’s Brian McAndrews, with SVP Satya Nadella, who will run search, MSN and ad platform engineering efforts in a new reorg, and Strategic Partnerships SVP Yusuf Mehdi, who has previously led online businesses at Microsoft, considered long shots.
Heading the list of external candidates is former AOL Chief Jon Miller, who also happens to be a candidate for Yahoo’s board after activist investor Carl Icahn settled with Yahoo this week.
For a guy who was unceremoniously ejected out of Time Warner, Miller, now a partner at tech investment firm Velocity Interactive Group, is emerging as the prettiest girl at the dance.
Keep an eye on:
- NBC, Fox sue video-sharing service Redlasso for copyright infringement. (Reuters)
- Google launches Knol, a wiki with bylines. (Reuters)
- Barack Obama losing his YouTube mojo? (Silicon Alley Insider)