Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

Big news. Guess he’s more focused on his new team. Good luck to him.


Steve Ballmer is leaving Microsoft’s board of directors. In a letter to CEO Satya Nadella posted to Microsoft’s web site, Ballmer said the timing is right, as Microsoft is about to file its proxy statement and he has new commitments to pursue. Indeed, this news comes just days after his $2 billion bid to buy the L.A. Clippers went through.

He noted challenges ahead but maintained [company]Microsoft[/company] is well equipped — and well funded — to deal with them. “We have the profitability to invest in long-term opportunities and still deliver superior shorter term performance. You’re off to a bold and exciting start,” Ballmer wrote.

This is the end of an era, although it’s not a huge surprise. Ballmer said last summer he would step down as CEO within the year and Microsoft named Nadella his successor in February.

Per the letter:

I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years…

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