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Ballmer takes his endless energy and screaming fits to LA

Steve Ballmer is a larger than life character, and his love for Microsoft was limitless during his time with the company (especially so during his tenure as CEO). However, Steve Ballmer stepped aside earlier this year to make way for Satya Nadella to take over the helm of Microsoft.
 
Since that time, Ballmer engaged in a battle to secure ownership of the LA Clippers; he won that battle last week. Now as the owner of the LA Clippers, Ballmer doesn’t want to spread himself to thin and is looking to shift gears as he embarks on a new phase of his life.
 
“I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will,” proclaimed Ballmer in a letter to Nadella.
 
Ballmer goes on to state that his new duties just wouldn’t allow him the time required to stay on as a Microsoft board member. “In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy,” Ballmer added. “I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time.”

Hey, we can dream, right? 

“The fall will be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season so my departure from the board is effective immediately.”
 
But don’t think for a moment that Ballmer is washing his hands completely of all things related to Microsoft. He noted that he still owns a boatload of Microsoft stock, and that he will “continue holding that position for the foreseeable future.”
 
For his part, current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked Ballmer for this many years of service, and even managed to get in a plug for the company’s “mobile-first, cloud-first” initiative.
 
“While your insights and leadership will be greatly missed as part of the board, I understand and support your decision,” said a gracious Nadella. “As you embark on your new journey, I am sure that you will bring the same boldness, passion and impact to your new endeavors that you brought to Microsoft, and we wish you incredible success. I also look forward to partnering with you as a shareholder.”
 
As a high-profile NBA team owner, we hope to see more of the “true” Ballmer shine through in the coming months and years.

Source: Microsoft





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