One year after Steve Ballmer announced he would retire as CEO of Microsoft, and six months after he was replaced in that position by Satya Nadella, the company has now revealed Ballmer has also left its Board of Directors as well.
In an email sent to Nadella that was also released on Microsoft's news site, Ballmer stated:
"Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off. The fall will be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season so my departure from the board is effective immediately."
In his response to Ballmer, Nadella thanked Ballmer for his 34 years of work at Microsoft, adding, "As you embark on your new journey, I am sure that you will bring the same boldness, passion and impact to your new endeavors that you brought to Microsoft, and we wish you incredible success. I also look forward to partnering with you as a shareholder."
Indeed, Ballmer is still a major shareholder of Microsoft, but it sounds like his recent $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA pro basketball team will keep him very busy. Microsoft has not announced plans for a replacement on its board.
What do you think of Ballmer's departure from Microsoft's Board of directors?