Steve Ballmer and his emergence as Microsoft CEO

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be retiring before he could take on Apple and Google.

But his growth – supported by strong leadership skills — has amazed several software leaders in the world including Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Ballmer was the CEO of Microsoft for almost 13 years.

When Apple’s Steve Jobs built an organization led by innovation, Steve Ballmer’s Microsoft became a much stronger sales and marketing outfit with innovation.

( Ballmer’s letter to Microsoft employees on retirement )

Though Microsoft has grown from pillar to strength, it could not compete with Apple in the devices market. Microsoft strategies announced last month are aimed at becoming a devices and solutions company that can connect with customers.

Steve Ballmer, who joined Microsoft in 1980, was the company’s first business manager.

Before becoming CEO in 2000, his roles at Microsoft included senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software and vice president of marketing.

Ballmer and the company’s leaders focus on creating a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at work and on the go, for the activities they value most.

Under his leadership, Microsoft has more than tripled revenue and doubled profits since 2000. Microsoft team will say a big good bye to thanks to the huge revenue growth though there are wide spread criticism from the global software market for misusing its leadership position.

Steve Ballmer to retire

Microsoft’s website says Ballmer was born in March 1956, and he grew up near Detroit where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Co. Ballmer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Harvard University.

He worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Co. as an assistant product manager and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business before joining Microsoft.

Microsoft says Ballmer will retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.

“We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction,” Ballmer said.

“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,” said Bill Gates. “We’re fortunate to have Steve in his role until the new CEO assumes these duties.”

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