Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is off the company’s board, the company announced on March 13. He also is leaving the board of Berkshire Hathaway. Gates is leaving to dedicate more time to his philanthropic work, according to Microsoft’s announcement and his own post on LinkedIn, though he will continue to serve as a technology advisor to CEO Satya Nadella and team.
Gates ceased his day-to-day duties at Microsoft in June 27, 2008. (He continued on as Microsoft’s chairman of the board until February 4, 2014, and then as a regular board member since then.)
Now that Gates has left, Microsoft’s board consists of 12 members instead of 13. The 12: John W. Thompson, Microsoft independent chair; Reid Hoffman, partner at Greylock Partners and one of the founders of LinkedIn, which Microsoft owns; Hugh Johnston, vice chairman and chief financial officer of PepsiCo; Teri L. List-Stoll, executive