Quoted: Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer on why he’s stepping down

“At the end of the day, we need to break a pattern. Face it: I’m a pattern.”

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, tells the Wall Street Journal why he’s stepping down. Ballmer said his reorganization and effort to revamp the company’s culture to encourage more collaboration —  and change, as demanded by the board, pronto — was being met with resistance. “No matter how fast I want to change, there will be some hesitation from all constituents — employees, directors, investors, partners, vendors, customers, you name it — to believe I’m serious about it.” Ballmer, CEO of the Redmond, Wash., company for the past 13 years, announced in August that he would step aside after his successor is found. Since then, he has been on an emotional goodbye tour, complete with tears, while the company searches for its next CEO. Ford CEO Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop are reportedly two of the top contenders for the job.


Photo: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivers a keynote address at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


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