CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer has decided to retire from his services. Ballmer will retire in the next 12 months. He will continue to lead the company during the transition period and will contribute to finding a new CEO, said in Microsoft News Updates. Ballmer also continue to lead the transformation of the Microsoft group of devices and services, said in the release.
“The ideal time for such a change never occurs, but now – a good time. We adopted a new strategy and a new organizational structure, we have a great team of top managers. We need a CEO who will lead the company in this direction over a long period of time” – Steve Ballmer said the decision to resign.
Steve Ballmer joined Microsoft in the early 1980s, at the invitation of Bill Gates, with whom he studied at Harvard University and immediately became one of the top managers and a close associate of the company’s founder Bill Gates. He led the development of the first versions of operating systems (MS-DOS and Windows). 1 January 2000 he took over as CEO Microsoft.
Ballmer became the first billionaire in the world owe their status options received from his employer – provided by Microsoft, in which he was neither the founder nor a relative of the founder. He was on 51st place in the global ranking of billionaires, according to Forbes. His fortune is estimated at $ 15.2 billion.
Currently, the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Commission on Securities and Exchange Commission are conducting a preliminary investigation of this information. Formal charges have yet been brought against the suspect. According to representatives of Microsoft, the company intends to fully support the U.S. authorities.