Steve Ballmer

Updated: Aug. 19, 2014

Steve Ballmer is a director of Microsoft Corporation. He joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the company’s first business manager. Ballmer retired as Chief Executive Officer on Feb. 4, 2014. Before becoming CEO in 2000, his roles at Microsoft included senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software and vice president of marketing. Under his leadership, Microsoft more than tripled revenue and doubled profits.

Ballmer was born in March 1956, and he grew up near Detroit where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Company. Ballmer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Harvard University. He worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Company as an assistant product manager and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business before joining Microsoft.

Effective Aug. 19, 2014, Ballmer stepped down from the Microsoft Board of Directors.

Read Ballmer's letter and CEO Satya Nadella's response.