Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has today sent a public letter to current CEO Satya Nadella to acknowledge his resignation from the company's Board of Directors. With this move, Ballmer's official work with Microsoft comes to an end, but with his wording, it seems that he doesn't intend to disappear, and will be willing to chime in with his input from time to time.
Considering all that Ballmer's been up to since departing as Microsoft CEO some six months ago, his resignation from the company's board might not come off as that much of a surprise. While he notes in his letter that civic duties, teaching, and study are significant time-sinks, it seems likely that this move is ultimately caused by his acquisition of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Coincidentally, Ballmer's letter comes just one day after he pumped up the Clipper's staff and team at a press conference. I've linked the video for this press conference below - after watching for just a couple of seconds, you'll probably be able to understand why he'd be keen on decreasing outside requirements to focus as much as possible on his team.
Ballmer states in his letter that what makes his departure easier is having full confidence in how the company's being operated, especially since its CEO position has been filled by Nadella.
"Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, 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.
I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will. I continue to love discussing the company’s future. I love trying new products and sending feedback. I love reading about what is going on at the company. Count on me to keep ideas and inputs flowing. The company will move to higher heights."
Nadella immediately responded with his own letter, giving Ballmer his best wishes:
"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."
Likewise, we also wish Steve the best, and look forward to seeing what he manages to pull off with these new endeavors.