James I. Cash Jr., Ph.D., emeritus James E. Robison professor at the Harvard Business School is stepping down from Microsoft’s board of directions. He cites pressure from personal and professional commitments as the reason. Cash, who has been with the board since 2001, stated that he has enjoyed working with the other members. With his departure nine members remain on the board.
He added, “This was a difficult decision. I have tremendous respect for my colleagues on the Microsoft board, and I have enjoyed the work we’ve done together over the past eight years…Microsoft has a tremendous innovation pipeline coming to market over the next two years, so the company is well-positioned for growth as the economy improves.”
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive officer said, “Jim has brought tremendous wisdom and judgment to our board, as well as keen insights into our enterprise business efforts based on his academic work at Harvard…We appreciate all of his contributions and we will certainly miss his leadership and perspective.”