Microsoft to get a new CEO, Steve Ballmer to retire

23 Aug 2013120 Views

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Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

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Steve Ballmer is to retire as Microsoft’s CEO within the next 12 months, as the tech behemoth works to transform itself from a software provider to a devices and services company.

Ballmer, who is expected to retire when his successor is chosen, said he had been thinking about calling it a day in the midst of Microsoft changing its focus.

"We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction," Ballmer said.

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"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organisation and we have an amazing senior leadership team."

Microsoft’s board of directors has appointed a special committee to lead the search for Ballmer’s successor. The group is working with Heidrick & Struggles International Inc, an executive recruiting firm, and will consider both external and internal candidates.

John Thompson, chairman of the board, said the board members are focused on selecting a new CEO to work with the company’s senior leadership team "to chart the company’s course and execute on it in a highly competitive industry".

Tina Costanza has held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto

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