Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s long running CEO and successor to Bill Gates, has announced that he’s retiring at some point within the next 12 months. Until then, he will continue his duties and help search for a successor.
This news might come as a surprise to many, as we’ve heard rumours for years about Ballmer’s deliberate ousting of potential business rivals within Microsoft and his desire to maintain his position as the firm’s CEO. Now though, it seems he’s really not that fussed with it.
In an email to staff he said: “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said (via Eurogamer). “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organisation 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,” he concluded.
Not only does his leaving represent the end of a 13 year stint as the CEO, but a 33 year career at Microsoft.