Microsft CEO Steve Ballmer to Step Down

Steve Ballmer CEO of Microsoft

The highly flamboyant Microsoft Chief Executive Officer, Steve Ballmer, is due to step down from his position within 12 months.

Direct from Microsoft’s own website, the software giant has announced that Ballmer will retire “upon completion of a process to choose his successor.” However, the company assures its customers that everything is business as usual, and Steve will continue his role as company CEO for the next year.

Steve Ballmer expressed his own opinion on his voluntary departure, citing one very important reason; the company requires a CEO who would remain for the duration, throughout Microsoft’s new transition “… to a devices and services company.”

The Board of Directors has taken on the responsibility of establishing a committee to oversee Ballmer’s replacement, which includes Bill Gates as Chairman of the Board. The group is alleged to be working in conjunction with Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., a recruiting firm, to unearth both internal and external contenders for the new CEO position.

Gates had this to say, regarding his role in the process:

“As a member of the succession planning committee, I’ll work closely with the other members of the board to identify a great new CEO… We’re fortunate to have Steve in his role until the new CEO assumes these duties.”

Microsoft still continues to make decent profits, to this day. However, their recent initiatives have not been particularly well received by either mainstream consumers or technology enthusiasts, and their shares have remained somewhat stagnant. A number of investors have also critiqued Ballmer’s inability to adapt the company to, what is perceived to be, a new era of portable and mobile technologies. In addition, Microsoft’s latest Surface RT tablet has performed much worse than anticipated, resulting in the corporation missing fourth-quarter targets.

By: James Fenner

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4 Responses to "Microsft CEO Steve Ballmer to Step Down"

  1. Ivan Speranza   August 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I feel sorry for the new CEO already, he’ll take the blame for all that’s wrong at Microsoft. They don’t just need to fix a couple of things, they need to re-think the whole company and i really hope the understand that. They don’t need another “boisterous” Ballmer type CEO, but a genius instead.

    • James Fenner   August 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Hey Ivan. Thanks for your comment. I think you’re right. It reminds me of when people complain about the leader of a country. A bad leader is just some guy in a suit that is told to go here, there and everywhere and gives a speech, using the right language and gestures, that was shaped by his/her political party. Ultimately, he is only a very small part of the problem. As with governments, a company is the sum of all of its parts. Personally, I don’t think Steve Ballmer, despite being great comedy fodder, should have been given the role of CEO. As you say, a proper innovator needs to be put in place, and the company as a whole needs a fresh perspective and direction. James.

  2. Rob Harmer (@PCProfile)   August 26, 2013 at 4:37 am

    It’s time for change.

    What two issues would you like the new Microsoft CEO to fix
    in 2014?

    We have already named our 2 burning issues!


    • James Fenner   August 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Great link, Rob. I couldn’t agree more with those two suggestions. A lot of people are saying that Microsoft need to branch out into different industries. I think this is perhaps partially true, but I also think they need to improve in the areas that they are already dominating in. Windows 8 wasn’t as terrible as some people make out, but had they listened to their customers it certainly would have gone down better. Microsoft are renowned for their operating systems and I think this is where they should focus much of their efforts rather than going overboard with Windows RT and tablets. With some of the decisions Microsoft has been making, a lot of software and game developers are looking at Linux as a viable alternative. Thanks for commenting! James.

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