People: Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O)
26 Dec 2014
Mr. William Henry Gates III is Founder and Technology Advisor, Director of Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Gates, a cofounder of Microsoft, served as Chairman from our incorporation in 1981 until February 2014. He currently acts as a Technical Advisor to Mr. Nadella on key development projects. Mr. Gates retired as an employee in July 2008. Mr. Gates served as Chief Software Architect from January 2000 until June 2006, when he announced his two-year plan to transition out of a day-to-day full-time employee role. Mr. Gates served as Chief Executive Officer from 1981 until January 2000, when he resigned as Chief Executive Officer and assumed the position of Chief Software Architect. As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Gates shapes and approves grant-making strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization. As a founder of Microsoft, Mr. Gates’ foresight and his vision for personal computing have been central to the success of Microsoft and the software industry. He has unparalleled knowledge of the Company’s history, strategies, and technologies. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from its incorporation in 1981 to 2000, he grew Microsoft from a fledgling business into the world’s leading software company, in the process creating one of the world’s most prolific sources of innovation and powerful brands. As Chief Software Architect from 2000 to 2006, and through 2008 when he retired as an employee of Microsoft, Mr. Gates set in motion technological and strategic programs that are a core part of the Company. He continues to provide technical and strategic input on our evolution as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. His work overseeing the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides global insights relevant to the Company’s current and future business opportunities and a keen appreciation of stakeholder interests.
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