Ballmer to Retire Within the Next Year as Microsoft CEO - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 August 2013 / 3,832 Views

Microsoft announced today that CEO Steve Ballmer is going to retire within the next 12 months. Ballmer will remain CEO as he oversees the choice of his successor.

A special committee has been appointed by the Microsoft board. The committee will be chaired by lead independent director John Thompson. The board includes chairman of the Board Bill Gates, chairman of the Compensation Committee Steve Luczo, chairman of the Audit Committee Chuck Noski.

"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time," Ballmer said. "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."

"The board is committed to the effective transformation of Microsoft to a successful devices and services company," said Thompson. "As this work continues, we are focused on selecting a new CEO to work with the company’s senior leadership team to chart the company’s course and execute on it in a highly competitive industry."

Microsoft will be looking at both internal and external candidates for Ballmer's successor. The special committee will work with the executive recruiting firm Heidrick & Struggles International Inc.

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Kyuu (on 23 August 2013)

I'm definitely applying for this job. They're going to like what they see.

man-bear-pig (on 26 August 2013)


Kizmi (on 24 August 2013)

I heard rumours about that Stephen Elop would be one of the most likely candidate for being the next CEO of Microsoft.

Nem (on 23 August 2013)

Sinking ship! Abandon all stations! Seriously though, its not like the company is gonna bankrupt soon, but it really isnt what it used to be during the Bill gates era.

kowenicki (on 23 August 2013)

That's right. It has higher revenue, higher profits and a more diverse product range. Its no longer just all about windows. You know nothing.

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Puppyroach (on 23 August 2013)

Well, that is big. MS has had its ups an downs during the new millenium, but it feels like they are going in a coherent direction now, where everything fits together.

FujiokaMidori (on 24 August 2013)

Enter Iwata, and MS will die...

Proxy-Pie (on 24 August 2013)

you want Iwata to quit?

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Bladeforce (on 23 August 2013)

Good riddance! Shut the door on your way out

Piernik (on 23 August 2013)

He ruined microsoft with Windows 8 and Xbox One

y2jarmyofficial (on 24 August 2013)

Wrong both w8 and x1 are awesome

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