Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer To Retire In 12 Months

by Paul Joseph on August 26, 2013 · 0 comments

Steve Ballmer will retire from his role as Microsoft CEO within the next 12 months, Microsoft announced Friday.  Ballmer will remain as chief executive until the board of directors chooses someone to succeed him. “ There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time ,” Ballmer said in a statement. “ 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 had more to say in an internal e-mail sent to Microsoft employees. Microsoft’s board has set up a committee to pick the company’s next CEO. Comprised of board chairman and former CEO Bill Gates and other members of the board, the committee is working with an executive recruiting firm and said it will look at both internal and external candidates to fill the role. “ The board is committed to the effective transformation of Microsoft to a successful devices and services company ,” committee chairman John Thompson said in a statement. “ 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 .” I’m not a Microsoft hater and I actually like Windows 7 but I’m glad to see Ballmer go.  He had some hits but far too many misses.  I’m surprised he was around this long. It is common knowledge that he stalled the mobile strategy of Microsoft. Mr. Ballmer is an artifact of the 1990′s and 2000′s.  He is/was a perfect representative of big business that uses its might to steamroll over the competition and government to get customers.  And that was the right method for those times, but times change and Microsoft did not.  Let’s see how this decision on Ballmer’s behalf fares for the company. Image Courtesy |   wodumedia Looking For A Social Media Agency?? – Contact WATConsult – India’s Leading Social Media Agency

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