Steve Ballmer steps down as Microsoft board member

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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?

Source: Microsoft


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Steve Ballmer steps down as Microsoft board member


Going to miss seeing him around the tech scene. But I can not wait to see him in sports. He's primed to go down as the greatest owner ever! lol

I'm sure he'll be just as excitable in Clippers team meetings. Too bad the Clippers and Trailblazers aren't in the same division, since Paul Allen owns the Trailblazers.

The BOD on any company basically follows whatever the CEO instructs. And when a BOD counters a CEOs decision, normally that CEO resigns. And Microsoft doesn't need a CEO resigning.

If Nadella decides to fire that slob Eflop, the BOD WILL approve it. You can bet your money on that.

I try to look at your comments objectively, I really do, but they are rarely based on facts and real world numbers. I'm glad something finally made you happy, though.

DJCBS is correct. This is the way it works. The only way it is different is if Elop has a clause in his employment contract that states something different.

Thanks for all the good years, commitment that you brought to a company that you love Mr. Ballmer. You are part of a great legacy that has touched the lives of some many people years after years.

Yea! Thanks for screwing a bunch of S#*T up old man. Have fun with all your cash that lady luck brought your way. In another life you would have been working at a bowling alley for 30 years.

Right on the money!  He was at the helm during the start of the decline of MS, and IMO let creativity and fresh ideas die within the company in favour of protecting Windows at all costs.  I will always remember him as the Vista & Windows 8 CEO. 

That sucks ... Gonna miss seeing him around the tech scene.
Good luck to him with the Clippers.
Good luck Steve, we gonna miss seeing you around Microsoft.

Thank you Steve for your work & dedication to Microsoft.
Developers, Developers, Developers *starts clapping hands*

Hallelluia! Rejoyce! Finally the lunatic is gone!


Now that the hoaf is gone, Nadella, you can fire Eflop. Do it! Quick!

He takes no part in decisions anymore. That's the important thing. And if he tries, it will look bad on him and the press will fall upon him. Microsoft already has a tarnished image next to consumers. The last thing they'll need is Ballmer trying to do anything based only on his amount of shares.

At any rate, he's the largest shareholder but he can be overruled by a couple of the "smaller" ones as long as they get together.

"I don't like what the new guy is doing so I quit. But I'm still making money off it so no hard feelings..."

This truly is a while new Microsoft. I wish him the best as the new owner of the Clippers, hopefully he can bring them into title contenders and eventually a championship. I also got that this helps people to see that this is a new Microsoft, not the old one from twenty years ago and ultimately get more devices into the hands of consumers.

Look for him to sell his shares of Microsoft too!  He now the majority shareholder and Gates is in second.  I think he has something that entertains him much more then Microsoft!  After all he worth like $18 billion or somewhere around that amount!  He going pay capital gains too; but he's a Democrat so that should be good for the country too!

Id hoped he stayed on as a board member. WP could really use an ally on the board.

Ballmer with his huge pile of Microsoft stock in combination with his position at Microsoft board was a huge defender of the hardware division and the Windows Phone endeavor.

It's a great loss for the Windows Phone community.

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Now its time for me to make my rise up into the Microsoft world. All these old heads is leaving, time for some fresh new young blood!

This is great news! It should mean I don't have to scroll past articles on whatever sports team he's buying or what new hobby he's taken up.

I personally think he has not hurt Microsoft at all! He left the company in the best cash position the company has ever been in! He also increased Microsoft's share of the market for business services and products. They are now the largest business network company in the world! During his time in Microsoft he and the board members increased its globe foot print in OS"s And smart phones. He left the company with billions of dollars and the largest portfolio of patents in the world! He handed this over to Nadella who is going to take the company to the next level! I think he moved on because he made a huge investment in the LA Clippers and wants to rebuild a NBA team from a sandal and a large debt load! I wish him luck and I will be rooting for for the Clippers!

Graceful exit...great man...not easy steering anything for 34 years, let alone the worlds most famous and one of the richest company....

Good for him! Windows phone will never be #1 or #2. Go have fun live it up Steve!! Joe belfiore should go next. Scram! I'm a big windows phone fan never used and apple DEVICE and never purchased an android phone. I'm a clippers fan, now