While Bill Gates will be stepping down as chairman of the board, Steve Ballmer will remain on the board. In Ballmer’s short youtube video on Satya Nadella he also mentions Kevin Turner will continue as Chief-Operating Officer. Often CEO will pick their own executive teams, much like Terry Myerson putting his own people in positions of power. We’ll see in the coming months if Nadella feels any changes are needed to be made.
In many ways I am sad Ballmer is leaving, no one will ever had the passion and love for Microsoft that he had.
*Just to clarify, Bill Gates will still remain on the board of Microsoft, he will just no longer be chairman of the board.