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Former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer leaves software company's board

Published on Aug 20, 2014 2:39 AM
Los Angeles Clippers' new owner Steve Ballmer is introduced at a fan event in Los Angeles, California August 18, 2014. The former Microsoft CEO has quit the software company's board to devote more time to the team.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEATTLE (REUTERS) - Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, has left the software company’s board in order to spend more time on his new project.

“I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time,” said Ballmer in a letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made public by Microsoft on Tuesday.

“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,” he wrote.

Ballmer’s exit from the board is not surprising after 12 months of change at the head of the 39-year old software giant.

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