Microsoft board member steps down after less than 2 years

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Stephen Luczo

Seagate Technology CEO Stephen Luczo, who joined the Microsoft board in May 2012 and was part of its CEO search committee, is stepping down from the board of the Redmond company after less than two years in the role.

His departure, announced this afternoon, leaves Microsoft with 10 members, including recently appointed member G. Mason Morfit, the president of ValueAct Capital. Its the latest in a series of changes in Microsoft’s leadership surrounding the departure of CEO Steve Ballmer and the naming of Satya Nadella to the position of Microsoft CEO.

Here’s the full text of the news release issued by Microsoft.

REDMOND, Wash. — March 20, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. announced Thursday that Stephen J. Luczo, chairman and CEO of Seagate Technology PLC, has stepped down from the company’s board of directors.

“It has been a pleasure serving on the Microsoft board, and helping to guide the company through such a historic period of change and reinvention,” Luczo said. “With the CEO search completed and Satya off to a strong start, this felt like an appropriate time to make this change so I can turn my full attention to leading Seagate. Seagate and Microsoft have a long history of working together, and I look forward to continued collaboration and partnership under Satya’s leadership.”

“Steve has been an excellent board member, and I particularly appreciate all of his hard work as a member of the CEO search committee,” said John W. Thompson, chairman of the Microsoft board. “Steve also played an important role in helping to craft a compensation plan that tightly links CEO pay to shareholder returns, as chair of the compensation committee.”

“Steve brought thoughtful industry insights and perspective to the board,” said Bill Gates, founder and technology advisor of Microsoft. “I want to thank him for his contributions to the board and to Microsoft during his tenure. I appreciate his service.”

Luczo joined Microsoft’s board in May 2012. He served as a member of the CEO search committee established in August 2013 to identify the successor to former CEO Steve Ballmer. Luczo also served on the compensation and audit committees of the board.

Microsoft’s board of directors now consists of 10 members: Steven A. Ballmer, former Microsoft chief executive officer; Dina Dublon, former chief financial officer of JPMorgan Chase; William H. Gates, Microsoft founder and technology advisor; Maria M. Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College; David F. Marquardt, general partner at August Capital; G. Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital; Satya Nadella, Microsoft chief executive officer; Charles H. Noski, former vice chairman of Bank of America Corp.; Dr. Helmut Panke, former chairman of the board of management at BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke) AG; and John W. Thompson, chief executive officer of Virtual Instruments. Seven of the 10 board members are independent of Microsoft, which is consistent with the requirement in the company’s governance guidelines that a substantial majority be independent.