“It’s been a tremendous honor and privilege to have worked with and learned from Bill over the years,” Mirosoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a written statement. “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 will continue serving as technology adviser to Nadella and other Microsoft leaders, the company said.
Chenault simultaneously is leaving Facebook’s board of directors, the company confirmed Friday. The 68-year-old has served on Facebook’s board since 2018, after his retirement as chairman and CEO chairman and CEO of AMEX.
“I also believe good corporate governance entails limiting the number of board commitments for any director,” Chenault said.
Gates’s role as chair of Microsoft’s board ended in 2014. He plans to do more work to tackle climate change, according to the company.