Good on Microsoft for promoting Amy Hood to the position of chief financial officer. Hood is the second woman to enter the leadership team that reports to Chief Executive Steve Ballmer. Here is Microsoft’s press release and The Seattle Times’ news story on her promotion. Lisa Brummel, head of human resources, is the other woman in the elite group of executives.
The company appears to be doing a good job of getting women in the management pipeline, with Julie Larson-Green and Tami Reller leading the Windows group, which I wrote about in blog post. Unfortunately, Reller seems to have been given the job of delivering the bad news on Windows 8, at least in this Wall Street Journal story on Windows 8 getting a reboot.
The progress on gender equality is a major shift from the company’s early days, which was male-dominated and highly confrontational, as U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., said in an interview for another blog post.
I am still waiting for a woman to be named CEO at a major public company in Seattle. Silicon Valley has Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo. With the exception of the banking industry, gender equality in our region’s CEO seats have stagnated at publicly traded companies, which was the topic of my column “Sheryl Sandberg, ‘Lean In,’ the gender gap in Seattle leadership.”
Having reported on Microsoft for many years, I would not predict that a financial officer swill succeed Ballmer as CEO, but Hood’s elevation is still worth a woo hoo.