Wal-Mart may be known for its low prices, lousy job benefits for rank and file employees, limited carreer opportunities for women and its ability to drive local 'main street shops' into bankruptcy. Its management is also rapidly becoming a recruitment pool for technology companies.
Microsoft today disclosed that it has hired Kevin Turner as its new chief operating officer. Turner formerly headed up Sam's Club, a warehouse club operation with $37b in annual sales and a Wal-Mart subsidiary.
The announcement came only weeks after HP disclosed that it had hired Randall Mott, another former Wal-Mart veteran, as its new chief information officer.
The pillaging of Wal-Mart's executive ranks by head hunters isn't just a tribute to the company's management skills. It is also further proof that high tech no longer is in a league of its own in the world's economy.
In fact, it proofs that its products have become commodities much like the detergents and toothpaste that Wal-Mart sells.
Kevin Turner. Ok, so you're getting bold. Now could you sit up straight please?
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