CEO Microsoft Steve Ballmer gaat met pensioen

steve_ballmer_logo Steve Ballmer zal binnen twaalf maanden zijn functie als directeur van Microsoft neerleggen en met pensioen gaan zo is vandaag aangekondigd door het bedrijf middels een persbericht. Ballmer kwam op 11 juni 1980 in dienst als 30e medewerker van het bedrijf en hij was in totaal 13 jaar directeur. In de komende periode zal Microsoft gaan zoeken naar een waardige vervanger voor de CEO, tot het moment dat er een nieuwe directeur is gevonden zal Ballmer zijn functie blijven vervullen. "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. 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." aldus een korte reactie van Steve Ballmer.

Voor de zoektocht is een commissie aangesteld waar onder andere John Thompson, momenteel voorzitter van de raad van bestuur, en medeoprichter van Microsoft Bill Gates onderdeel van uitmaken. In ieder geval zou het bedrijf al zijn begonnen met het voeren van diverse gesprekken met mogelijke opvolgers waaronder met mensen die op dit moment werkzaam zijn bij het bedrijf. Steve Ballmer heeft aan aan alle medewerkers van Microsoft middels het onderstaande e-mailbericht laten weten dat hij het bedrijf zal gaan verlaten.

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.

Steve

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