Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and former CEO, has stepped down from the company’s board of directors to spend more time on philanthropic activities, including global health, education, and climate change.
According to Microsoft’s announcement, Gates will continue to serve as Technology Advisor to CEO Satya Nadella and other leaders in the company.
“It’s been a tremendous honor and privilege to have worked with and learned from Bill over the years,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a Microsoft press release. “The board has benefited from Bill’s leadership and vision. And Microsoft will continue to benefit from Bill’s ongoing technical passion and advice to drive our products and services forward. I am grateful for Bill’s friendship and look forward to continuing to work alongside him to realize our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”
Gates has also left the board of Warren Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway.
Gates co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975 and served as the company’s CEO until 2000 when he left to make way for Steve Ballmer. He eventually stepped away from day-to-day work with the company in 2008, and left his post as chairman of the board in 2014.