Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft board

Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft board
James Batchelor

By James Batchelor

August 20th 2014 at 11:55AM

Former CEO has completely departed electronics giant due to outside duties

Steve Ballmer is no longer part of the Microsoft operation.

The corporation's former CEO resigned from his position on the firm's board earlier this week via a letter to new chief exec Satya Nadella, according to The New York Times.

Ballmer claimed his departure was necessary in order for him to focus on his other responsibilities, such as his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers basketbull team.

"Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off," he wrote to Nadella.

"The fall will be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season, so my departure from the board is effective immediately."

Ballmer has been on the board for just six months, following his decision to resign as Microsoft CEO back in February.