Ballmer steps down as Microsoft board member

Former CEO cites new commitments as reason for leaving

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Ballmer steps down as Microsoft board member Ballmer has bought the NBA team the Los Angeles Clippers, and has developed plans to become a lecturer
By  Tom Paye Published  August 20, 2014

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has stepped down as a member of the company's board, citing a "multitude of new commitments" as his reason for doing so.

Since stepping down as CEO of Microsoft six months ago, Ballmer has bought the NBA team the Los Angeles Clippers, and has developed plans to become a lecturer. Between these, and what he called his "civic contribution", Ballmer effectively said that he could no longer afford the time to serve on Microsoft's board.

"In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy. I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time," he wrote in an open letter to current CEO Satya Nadella.

"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."

Ballmer did, however, say that he was confident in the current board's ability to carry on without him. He wrote that he believed the board has the boldness and fearlessness required to move monetisation through enterprise subscriptions, hardware gross margins and advertising revenues, as well as managing the existing software business.

"Our board must also support and encourage that fearlessness for shareholders to get the best performance from Microsoft. You must drive that," he added to Nadella.

Ballmer will still retain the shares that he owns in Microsoft, and added that he would still be open to discussing the company's future, as well as trying new products and providing feedback.

In his reply, Nadella wrote that Ballmer would be greatly missed as member of the board, but that he understood and supported the former CEO's decision.

"As you embark on your new journey, I am sure that you will bring the same boldness, passion and impact to your new endeavours that you brought to Microsoft, and we wish you incredible success," Nadella wrote.

1213 days ago
Bob

He probably was asked to leave

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