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Why Would Kevin Turner Leave Microsoft?

Kevin Turner has been chief operating officer at Microsoft since 2005, after leaving a hard-earned position at Walmart, where he rose from the ranks of cashier to CEO of Sam’s Club. The man is not without ambition, but some colleagues at Microsoft insinuate that Turner was not flexible under CEO Satya Nadella’s leadership.

In fact, Turner’s position has been taken over by five different people, two of whom used to report directly to Turner but will now report directly to CEO Nadella.

It appears Nadella might have viewed Turner’s position as inconsequential and unnecessary. However, if both Judson Althoff, who is responsible for commercial, enterprise and public sector customers, as well as Jean Philippe-Courtois, who handles global sales and marketing operations, now report directly to Nadella, then it could be that Turner, a historically ambitious man, found himself with no room to grow. Enter Citadel Securities.

Citadel Securities is a “global market maker across a broad array of fixed income and equity securities.” The company manages investments across private and public entities. Turner accepted the position of CEO of Citadel Securities and a vice chairman of Citadel, its parent company.

In a video interview on Citadel Securities homepage, Turner explained that he wanted to work at Citadel because the culture centered around nurturing and developing talent and the acquisition of knowledge. Considering how Walmart nurtured Turner’s talent, invested in him, taught him and provided him with opportunities to rise, it follows that Turner would appreciate that type of business environment.