Steve Ballmer has officially announced his decision to retire as the CEO of Microsoft in the next 12 months. However, Ballmer will continue to work until his successor is chosen and will then bid a farewell to a position that he held from January 2000.
Microsoft's board of Directors have already appointed a committee to direct the process of selection of a new candidate to fill the big shoes. The special committee will be headed by John Thompson, the board's lead independent direct, Chairman of the board Bill Gates, Chairman of Audit committee Chuck Noski and Chairman of the Compensation committee Steve Luczo.
Steve Ballmer's sense of humor while presenting the keynotes was one of the highlights of his career and will definitely be missed.
We have also managed to get hold of Steve Ballmer's "internal mail" sent to the staffs of Microsoft. You can check it out below.
I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen. There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our transformation to a devices and services company focused on empowering customers in the activities they value most. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction. You can read the press release on Microsoft News Center.
This is a time of important transformation for Microsoft. Our new Senior Leadership team is amazing. The strategy we have generated is first class. Our new organization, which is centered on functions and engineering areas, is right for the opportunities and challenges ahead.
Microsoft is an amazing place. I love this company. I love the way we helped invent and popularize computing and the PC. I love the bigness and boldness of our bets. I love our people and their talent and our willingness to accept and embrace their range of capabilities, including their quirks. I love the way we embrace and work with other companies to change the world and succeed together. I love the breadth and diversity of our customers, from consumer to enterprise, across industries, countries, and people of all backgrounds and age groups.
I am proud of what we have achieved. We have grown from $7.5 million to nearly $78 billion since I joined Microsoft, and we have grown from employing just over 30 people to almost 100,000. I feel good about playing a role in that success and having committed 100 percent emotionally all the way. We have more than 1 billion users and earn a great profit for our shareholders. We have delivered more profit and cash return to shareholders than virtually any other company in history.
I am excited by our mission of empowering the world and believe in our future success. I cherish my Microsoft ownership, and look forward to continuing as one of Microsoft's largest owners.
This is an emotional and difficult thing for me to do. I take this step in the best interests of the company I love; it is the thing outside of my family and closest friends that matters to me most.
Microsoft has all its best days ahead. Know you are part of the best team in the industry and have the right technology assets. We cannot and will not miss a beat in these transitions. I am focused and driving hard and know I can count on all of you to do the same. Let's do ourselves proud".
That would make Microsoft a "devices and services" company very fast, since after RMS would put all their software under GPL, they would have to sell only devices and services, not software as such...
During his ruling MS succeeded at Enterprise (failed with Win8 which the enterprises won't buy), made MS's entertainment and services greedy and went wrong way with OS products. Kind of a mixed bag, as most income comes from Enterprise but their main...
Dnt jst copy and paste. :)