When Steve Ballmer stepped down as the CEO for Microsoft, to be replaced by Satya Nadella, he took a mighty interest in the LA Clippers basketball team after it came up for sale. Now that the deal has been finalised, the rather erratic former CEO has announced that he would be stepping down as a board member as well.
Ballmer was Microsoft’s 30th employee and after 34 years involved with the company, the LA Clippers will be taking up a big chunk of his time. In a letter at Nadella, he explained his reason for quitting and also thanked him:
“In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy. I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time. I have confidence in our approach of mobile-first, cloud-first, and in our primary innovation emphasis on platforms and productivity and the building of capability in devices and services as core business drivers,” he wrote in his statement.
The crux of the letter was much further down in the correspondence, after Ballmer said that he will still be holding on to his stock options.
“I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off. 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.”
In the same correspondence, Nadella offered a reply to Ballmer, thanking him for his hard work over the decades, and wished him luck in the future – while still confirming Microsoft’s mobile-first approach.
“It’s been a great privilege to have worked with you and learned from you. Under your leadership, we created an incredible foundation that we continue to build on — and Microsoft will thrive in the mobile-first, cloud-first world.”[Source – Microsoft]