Citing the stagnant stock performance of Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) over the past decade, hedge fund manager David Einhorn publicly called for CEO Steven A. Ballmer to step down and "give someone else a chance."
Einhorn made his comments at the annual Ira Sohn Investment Research Conference in New York yesterday (Wednesday). His Greenlight Capital hedge fund owns about 9 million shares of Microsoft stock.
While the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index has gained 34% over the past 10 years, Microsoft has slumped 25%.
Ballmer was named CEO in January 2000.
"His continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock," said Einhorn, who gained notoriety after betting against Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (PINK: LEHMQ) four months before its collapse in 2008.