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Microsoft CEO to Retire in Next Twelve Months

Microsoft’s long-time CEO Steve Ballmer, 57, has decided to retire within the next twelve months. He will depart after a successor has been chosen. The company's board has appointed a special committee—including Chairman Bill Gates—that will consider both external and internal candidates. The search committee will be chaired by lead independent board director John Thompson. Before becoming CEO in 2000, Ballmer’s roles at Microsoft included SVP of sales and support, SVP of systems software and VP of marketing.

In 1998, he was promoted to President, a role that gave him day-to-day responsibility for running Microsoft. He joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the company’s first business manager. He worked for two years at Procter & Gamble as an assistant product manager before joining Microsoft.

Date: August 23, 2013

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Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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