Microsoft’s Bill Gates “Steps Up” To New Role As Technology Advisor To Help Nadella Shape Product Direction


TechCrunch

Along with the news today that Satya Nadella will be the next CEO of Microsoft, another big change in the executive ranks: Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, is leaving his role as chairman of the board and is taking a new role as “Founder and Technology Advisor”. Microsoft terms the change as a “step up” from his previous job, in that it will see Gates once again taking a more active role in the company.

John Thompson, who joined the board in February 2012 and is the lead independent director on the board of directors, becomes the new chairman.

Microsoft notes that Gates “will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction.” He will remain a part of the board of directors.

“The opportunity at Microsoft is greater than ever before,” Gates says in a video announcement released today (embedded below).

In that video, Gates…

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