Just this year, longtime Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stepped down from that position; might he relinquish his board seat as well sometime soon?
“It really as much as anything depends on how I see rest of my life playing out,” Ballmer said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that was conducted as part of a larger story on lame-duck CEOs.
The fact that Ballmer would be remaining on Microsoft’s board even after he stepped down as CEO was reportedly a point of contention for some potential candidates during the search for his successor as CEO.
Veteran Microsoft analyst Rick Sherlund, of investment bank Nomura, had said as early as last November that he believes Ballmer may decide to leave Microsoft’s board.
Ballmer, who is a top stakeholder with about 4 percent of Microsoft’s shares, has strong emotional ties to the company, not just fiscal ones. But with a new CEO heading the company, the board may scrutinize its past strategic mistakes — something that would likely be uncomfortable for Ballmer.