Bill Gates has moved down from the board of Microsoft to give more time on his charitable endeavours; the company published Friday afternoon.
Though he will continue as the technology advisor to CEO Satya Nadella, this move decreases his association with the company to the lowest point it has ever been.
Bill Gate’s Journey
Gates directed Microsoft from the ’80s to 2008, when he moved to devote himself more thoroughly to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, by which he has channelled a huge deal of his enormous wealth to global wellness concerns.
He endured on the board, though, and in fact, chaired it till 2014.
But beginning today, he will be there as, probably, something like a lucky charm and exclusive backup brain to Nadella and his team.
“It’s been a great honour and opportunity to have served with and learned from Bill across the years,” said Nadella in a Microsoft press announcement. “I am thankful for Bill’s understanding and look ahead to proceeding to serve alongside him to achieve our mission to enable every person and every business on the planet to gain more.”
While we shall not venture an entire Gates/Microsoft retrospective at this point, it’s been an exceptional journey to observe, to say the least.
Microsoft has incorporated the most reliable and the most harmful of technology, sometimes concurrently, and many of them was due to Gates’s enduring influence.
The Gates Foundation has been remarkably powerful as well, though in a lower and more gentle fashion. It might be that Gates’s next legacy will eventually surpass his first.
The Microsoft Board
The updated entrants on Microsoft’s board is as follows:
John W. Thompson, Microsoft autonomous director; Reid Hoffman, an associate at Greylock Partners; Hugh Johnston, vice chair and chief financial officer of PepsiCo; Teri L. List-Stoll, managing vice president and chief financial officer of Gap, Inc.; Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Sandra E. Peterson, managing partner, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice; Penny Pritzker, founder and director, PSP Partners; Charles W. Scharf, CEO and director of Wells Fargo & Co.; Arne Sorenson, chairman and CEO, Marriott International Inc.; John W. Stanton, director of Trilogy Equity Partners; Emma Walmsley, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK); and Padmasree Warrior, founder, CEO and chairman, Fable Group Inc.
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