After years of everyone wondering whether maybe Steve Ballmer had cut some sort of deal with a Voodoo priestess to remain in charge of Microsoft, the company announced today that its longtime leader will retire within 12 months, once they’ve settled on a successor.
Microsoft shares promptly jumped.
Mr. Ballmer said in a statement that, “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time.” He added:
“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.”
That’s what he said, anyway; we can’t help but wonder if he’s really leaving to plot revenge against Tibco CEO Vivek Ranadive for stealing the Sacramento Kings right out from under him.
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