Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who said he would be retiring within 12 months, is one the company’s nine board members who were reelected to those positions at the annual shareholders’ meeting yesterday.
He was, however, reelected with the lowest percentage of “yes” votes: 90.66 percent, according to a company filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The other board members were reelected with percentages ranging from 91.41 percent (for John Thompson, the CEO of Virtual Instruments who is chairing Microsoft’s board committee looking for Ballmer’s successor) to 99.1 percent (for Charles Noski, former vice chairman of Bank of America).
Chairman Bill Gates was reelected with 98.13 percent of the vote.
Overall, there were 8,360,743,755 shares of common stock entitled to be voted, with 7,016,304,432 shares voted in person or by proxy, according to the SEC filing.