Ballmer became the chief executive officer of Microsoft when Bill Gates stepped down from day-to-day management in January 2000. Since then, the exuberant Microsoft CEO has struggled to keep the world’s biggest software maker relevant in the age of Apple. The company unveiled its own Windows-powered tablet computer—Surface—in June 2012.
Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, who has struggled to adapt the world’s largest software maker to the shift away from personal computers and toward mobile devices, will retire after more than a decade at the helm.
Months after becoming Twitter Inc.’s finance chief, Mike Gupta is talking to banks about handling the company’s initial public offering, a sign that the most anticipated stock-market debut since Facebook Inc. is getting closer -- and that Gupta will play a key role in it.