Kara Swisher at Re/code:
Of all the many executives on the Microsoft “Senior Leadership Team,” called SLT for short, it’s pretty clear in talking to top execs that there is no one that engenders more talk than Mark Penn.
He currently reports directly to the CEO as EVP of Advertising and Strategy — having been hired full-time by his longtime friend Steve Ballmer in mid-2012, first as a strategist.
Inside Microsoft, then, many are waiting to see what new CEO Satya Nadella does with Penn…
Like Ben Thompson, I consider Mark Penn a canary in the Nadella era Microsoft coal mine. If he stays, the mine is full of noxious gas.