Kevin Johnson’s moves come at an
important time for both companies
By Jeffrey Burt for 12 years. Kriens will
Kevin johnson remain as chairman.
became a singu- During a conference
lar figure in the giant’s efforts in the Web search business have call with analysts to
futures of two technology space, especially in the failed again and again.” review quarterly earnings,
companies in July. online advertising arena,” In a memo to employ- Kriens said Juniper was
After 16 years with Kara Swisher said in her ees announcing the divi- looking for a C-level exec-
Microsoft, company offi- All Things Digital blog sion split and reorgani- utive, particularly since
cials announced July 23 July 23. “He and Micro- zation, Ballmer praised the loss of Chief Operat-that Johnson was leav- Johnson, saying there ing Officer Stephen Elop,
ing, part of a shake-up at was “no doubt that his who left in January to join
the software vendor that passion and dedication Microsoft. He said John-included splitting the will be missed.” son’s abilities to take over
Platform and Services He will now carry that as CEO quickly became
division. The same day, passion to Juniper, where apparent.
network hardware maker he will take the reins in He said Juniper’s goal
Juniper Networks said September. Johnson will is to rapidly grow beyond
Johnson was joining as adopta$3billioncompany the $3 billion in annual
CEO, hoping the change that analysts say has been revenues it makes now.
of leadership will help stuckinneutralfora while He added that Johnson
the company scale while trying to figure out how joined Microsoft when it
competing against Cisco to make the jump to the had 6,000 employees and
Systems. next level in its competi- $2 billion in revenue—
For Microsoft, the move tion against much larger even smaller than Juniper
Johnson will take over as CEO
comes at a critical time of Juniper in September. rival Cisco. is now—and stayed with
as it tries to figure out For customers and Microsoft through its
how to compete against soft have had a little prob- partners, that will mean rapid growth as it became
Google in the burgeoning lem with that, largely due a Juniper that is more the dominant software
online advertising space. to an immovable object aggressive in gaining company it is today.
The company’s failed bid called Google.” t e c h n o l o g y t h r o u g h “He’s seen both sides
for Yahoo—and Yahoo’s Swisher said Micro- acquisitions, more willing and beyond of what we’re
subsequent embrace by soft sources told her that to listen to suggestions trying to do here,” Kriens
Google—will only make the company’s six-month from its talented engi- said. “When[having John-it more difficult for Micro- push to buy Yahoo “has led neering staff and more son as CEO] became pos-soft, and Johnson was a to a great deal of unrest serious about adopting sible, it was simply obvi-key figure in the Yahoo at the company, includ- the idea that the network ous.” ´
push. ing ire aimed directly at is becoming a platform,
“As the president of its Johnson because of his analysts said. All things Microsoft
Platforms and Services perceived influence on Johnson will take over Stay on top of what’s happen-
division, the smooth CEO Steve Ballmer. That for Scott Kriens, the cur- ing with the software giant by
Johnson has been trying, got worse as Microsoft’s rent chairman and CEO reading Joe Wilcox’s Microsoft
without much success, various tactics to grab who has been with the Watch blog. At blogs.eweek.
to beef up the software Yahoo and later just its 6,000-employee company com