Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Announces Imminent Retirement

The de facto head of the XBox team is being ushered out of MS

Microsoft issued a press release today announcing that current CEO and long-time Microsoft employee Steve Ballmer will be retiring within the next twelve months, after more than three decades with the company.

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Ballmer, who many analysts blame for Microsoft’s relative inertia over the last several years, stated that his retirement was timed in such a way that the incoming CEO could be instrumental in Microsoft’s new direction as a devices and services company.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

Ballmer’s replacement will be selected by a special committee hand-picked by Microsoft’s Board of Directors, a committee which includes Board Chairman Bill Gates. Given Microsoft’s latest restructuring, candidates will likely have a background in interface design and electronic services.


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