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If you’re a Comcast customer, we’re sorry. The company has drawn the ire of many Americans over the years for its poor customer service and generally unprofessional employees. In fact, Comcast took top honors as Consumerist’s Worst Company in America for 2014 (let’s give it up for the two-time winner).  In the midst of its campaign to secure approval for an acquisition of rival Time Warner Cable, stories have popped up in recent weeks detailing how customer service reps have sunk to new lows to humiliate customers. One customer had the name on her Comcast bill changed to “Asshole Brown” after... Read more...
Surprise! AMD has a new chief and her name is Dr. Lisa Su. She replaces Rory Read, 52, who has stepped down as president and CEO as part of a transition plan that will have him support the new boss in an advisory role. Read will remain with AMD through the end of the year, at which point Dr. Su will be flying solo. Bruce Claflin, chairman of AMD's board of directors, dispelled any notions that there might exist some animosity between AMD and Read, at least publicly. To the contrary, Claflin says that Read and the board have been working on a leadership succession plan together and felt that now... Read more...
Microsoft's newly appointed CEO may have received near-universal praise, but that doesn't mean that things are completely rosy internally. As these events always tend to do, there are at least a few folks who aren't exactly thrilled with the way the decision went down. Due to that, a few key executives are heading for the exits at Microsoft, with Tony Bates and Tami Reller leaving the firm in short order. A similar exit happened at Yahoo once Marissa Mayer was installed as CEO. Word on the street has it that Mr. Bates was a contender for the Microsoft CEO title, and once he was skipped over, he... Read more...
There's evidently only so much a man can take, and honestly, this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone: with profits falling, the PC industry as a whole crumbling in the wake of tablet and smartphone supremacy, and Windows 8 falling short of most expectations, Microsoft's CEO is throwing in the towel. Steve Ballmer, months after a complete re-org at the company, has just announced that he'll be winding down his role as CEO over the next 12 months, with Microsoft's board of directors now initiating a succession process. Until a successor is named, Ballmer has agreed to remain on as CEO. Essentially,... Read more...
Some pretty meaningful changes are afoot at one of the world's most innovative suppliers of flash storage, Fusion-io. Announced this week, the company's president and the co-founder both stepped aside, leaving big holes in a company that's struggling to get solid footing for growth. David Flynn is leaving his post at CES, as is CMO Rick White. Interestingly, both are parting ways to pursue entrepreneurial investing activities, presumably at the same firm. Flynn and White will both remain members of the Board and will serve in advisory roles to the company for the next 12 months. So, what's happening?... Read more...
Well, that's one way to grab some attention! As Yahoo looks to reinvent itself under a new CEO, it's trying a few new tricks. And one of those, it seems, it grabbing exclusive rights to provide online access for Saturday Night Live archives. The famed comedy show has been online in various places over the years, but having a complete look at skits from 1975 through today is impressive for sure. It'll include "a library of show clips from the 1975-76 season" right on through today, as well as select SNL musical performances, behind-the-scenes clips, and a selection of dress rehearsal clips. Yahoo!... Read more...
Warren East, the current CEO of ARM Holdings, has announced that he'll step down from the CEO position as of July 1. His replacement, ARM's Simon Segars, is an engineer who worked on some of ARM's earlier processors before stepping up to become company president. East's decision to step down is a bit surprising; the ARM executive told Reuters that "After you've been doing it for 12 years you do get a bit tired... and think "Maybe that's a bit of a brake on the business and somebody else should have a go." East's own "go" was downright impressive. Twelve years ago, the company was one of a number... Read more...
What's a company to do when it's selling more phones than it ever imagined, and has too many people to congratulate? Give 'em all promotions, it seems. Shortly after unveiling the Galaxy S 4 to the world, Samsung has promoted two other individuals to be CEO. Yes, you read that correctly. As of today, Samsung has three Chief Executive Officers. It's a hugely confusing move, but not entirely unprecedented. For years, RIM (now known as BlackBerry) had two CEOs, and while that worked okay for some time... well, we all know how it ended up. At any rate, President Boo-keun Yoon and President J.K. Shin... Read more...
You might recall that Sir Howard Stringer stepped aside as Sony CEO around this time last year, with Kazuo Hirai taking over that office. But in the shuffle, Stringer remaining on as a head honcho at the company -- notable, as Executive Chairman. Stringer has been a fixture of Sony for many years now, and while the company is arguably worse off now than it was when he stepped in, the video game and music industries as a whole have transformed in ways that no one could've seen coming. At any rate, it looks as if Stringer is set to detach himself from Sony entirely in the near future. He started... Read more...
Here's a twist nobody saw coming: Steven Sinofsky, the President of Windows and lead architect on Windows 8 has announced his resignation from the company. That's an abrupt change considering that Sinofsky had been floated as a possible replacement for Ballmer in certain circles and his helming of Windows 8 was seen as a project that could reinvent Microsoft. "I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company,” Ballmer said. “The products and services we have delivered to the market in the past few months mark the launch of a new era at Microsoft. We’ve... Read more...
OCZ's Board of Directors has appointed Alex Mei to serve as the Interim CEO of the company now that Ryan Petersen has resigned as President, CEO and a director of the Company. Mei will take over immediately and will also maintain his current responsibilities as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Petersen was one of the organization's original founders and was a key player in guiding OCZ to where it is today. Petersen is also credited as being the inventor or co-inventor of much of OCZ's proprietary technology. Mei joined OCZ in 2004 and is one of OCZ's longest tenured employees.... Read more...
Best Buy's year hasn't been "easy," you might say. The company has experienced a great deal of turmoil, shutting the doors on a number of stores while seeing its CEO head for the exits after a potentially dodgy decision in his personal life. Then, there's the proposed buyout offer from the founder, along with public words of wisdom on how to get everything back on track. Now, however, Best Buy is starting anew, announcing a new CEO to lead the company going forward. The Board of Directors has appointed Hubert Joly to take the top seat, citing his "expertise in turnaround and growth across the media,... Read more...
Well, if you were wondering any Marissa Mayer would leave a perfectly comfortable spot at Google to take on a daunting CEO role at Yahoo, wonder no more. Money talks, and it's speaking loud and clear here. A new Wall Street Journal report shows that newly appointed CEO Marissa Mayer will earn around $100 million over the course of the next five years. That's patently insane, but we're guessing Yahoo's board feels that this is a last-ditch effort to revive a struggling Internet company before it withers away so much that it's little more than ripe for acquisition. Mayer will pocket around $5.4 million... Read more...
Let this be a lesson to all you recent college grads: It doesn’t pay to lie about your degree. Just ask Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson, who got caught with a bogus computer science degree on his resume. After an embarrassing week of halfway acknowledging the untruth, Kara Swisher of All Things D reports that Thompson is on his way out as CEO. Swisher reports that the official line will be that Thompson is leaving for personal reasons--a recently-discovered illness. (Any wagers on whether that “illness” is a guilt-induced ulcer?) A valuable lesson we can all learn from Thompson’s... Read more...
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