As Microsoft (MSFT) delivers disappointing Q4 2013 financial results, chairman Bill Gates -- rather than CEO Steve Ballmer -- dominates the struggling software company's news page. Is that a signal that Gates could resume a bigger role at Microsoft?
Editor’s note: Aaron Levie is CEO and co-founder of Box. Follow him on Twitter @levie.
Moments like this happen only once a generation in the technology industry.
The announcement of Steve Ballmer’s retirement from his post as CEO of Microsoft puts an end to one of the most powerful and interesting “regimes” in technology history.
According to Reuters, three of Microsoft’s top 20 investors are making noise that Microsoft remove its founder and former CEO Bill Gates as chairman of its board, his current role.
The information is almost odd, and points at a potential blank slate for Microsoft. In the midst of a massive reorganization, current CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down.
Today Microsoft announced that CEO Steve Ballmer will be retiring within the next 12 months. He said, "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. ... My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our companys transformation to a devices and services company.
Who will be Microsoft's (MSFT) next CEO, succeeding Steve Ballmer? The shortlist of candidates likely includes executives from Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), IBM (IBM), Oracle (ORCL) and more. Microsoft's board has formed a CEO search committee, which will work with Heidrick & Struggles (a top executive recruitment firm) to find Ballmer's replacement.
Microsoft (MSFT) chairman Bill Gates told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting on November 19 that he and the board’s search committee are “pleased with the progress” of interviewing both internal and external candidates for chief executive Steve Ballmer’s job.