Steve Ballmer: Profile

Aug 24, 2013, 13:49 PM IST
He worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Co. as an assistant product manager and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business before joining Microsoft.
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He worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Co. as an assistant product manager and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business before joining Microsoft.

Ballmer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Harvard University.
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Ballmer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Harvard University.

Ballmer was born in March 1956, and he grew up near Detroit where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Co.
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Ballmer was born in March 1956, and he grew up near Detroit where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Co.

Before becoming CEO in 2000, his roles at Microsoft included senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software and vice president of marketing.
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Before becoming CEO in 2000, his roles at Microsoft included senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software and vice president of marketing.

Ballmer took over as CEO in 2000 when co-founder Bill Gates stepped down from day-to-day operations at the company.
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Ballmer took over as CEO in 2000 when co-founder Bill Gates stepped down from day-to-day operations at the company.

He joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the company’s first business manager.
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He joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the company’s first business manager.

Ballmer helped build Microsoft into a technology empire and then struggled to prevent it from crumbling under his own leadership
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Ballmer helped build Microsoft into a technology empire and then struggled to prevent it from crumbling under his own leadership

Steve Ballmer would retire within 12 months as the company searches for a successor at the helm to US tech pioneer.
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Steve Ballmer would retire within 12 months as the company searches for a successor at the helm to US tech pioneer.