Microsoft bids farewell to Bill Gates as he steps down from board

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Microsoft Co-Founder and Technology Advisor Bill Gates stepped down from the company’s Board of Directors to spend time on his philanthropic priorities.

He said he will focus his time on global health, development, education, and his increasing engagement in tackling climate change.

He will continue to serve as Technology Advisor to CEO Satya Nadella and other leaders in the company.

In 2008, Gates transitioned out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He served as Microsoft’s chairman of the board until February 4, 2014.

“It’s been a tremendous honour and privilege to have worked with and learned from Bill over the years,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

“Bill founded our company with a belief in the democratizing force of software and a passion to solve society’s most pressing challenges. And Microsoft and the world are better for it.


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“The board has benefited from Bill’s leadership and vision. And Microsoft will continue to benefit from Bill’s ongoing technical passion and advice to drive our products and services forward.

“I am grateful for Bill’s friendship and look forward to continuing to work alongside him to realize our mission to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.”

Gates co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and from 1995 to 2017, he held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world for all but four of those years.

“On behalf of our shareholders and the Board, I want to express my deep appreciation to Bill for all his contributions to Microsoft,” said John W. Thompson, Microsoft independent board chair.

“As a member of the Board, he challenged us to think big and then think even bigger. He leaves an enduring legacy of curiosity and insight that serves as an inspiration for us all.”

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