In an interview to WSJ, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about his decision to leave Microsoft, how he informed everyone about his decision, his future plans, etc,. When Steve Ballmer planned to transform Microsoft into devices and services company last year, he decided that he will remake the whole brand. As part of this, he started drafting the huge management-reorganization plan which was recently made public as well. While he was on a business trip, the thought of him retiring from came on his mind and he started discussing with the board and eventually with his family after the decision was made.
“Maybe I’m an emblem of an old era, and I have to move on,” the 57-year-old Mr. Ballmer says, pausing as his eyes well up. “As much as I love everything about what I’m doing,” he says, “the best way for Microsoft to enter a new era is a new leader who will accelerate change.”
“At the end of the day, we need to break a pattern,” he says. “Face it: I’m a pattern.”
As he cites, it is better to leave to a new leader at the start of the transformation instead of in the middle. Microsoft board is already looking for CEO alternatives and the current shortlisted names include Stephen Elop, Kevin Turner, Tony Bates, Staya Nadella and Alan Mullaly,
Read the full interview from the link below.