Barad Decides Not to Seek Re-Election to Microsoft Board

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 24, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Jill Barad has decided not to seek re-election to Microsoft’s board of directors at the company’s November shareholder meeting, due to the business responsibilities and priorities she has as chairman and chief executive officer of Mattel Inc.

“Jill has made an important contribution to the Microsoft board, and we have appreciated her insights, particularly in the consumer marketing arena,”
said Bill Gates, CEO and chairman of the board at Microsoft.

The Microsoft board of directors does not have immediate plans to nominate additional board members.

Other members of the Microsoft board of directors include Paul G. Allen, chairman of the board, Vulcan Ventures; Richard A. Hackborn, chairman-elect of the board, Hewlett-Packard Co.; David F. Marquardt, general partner, August Capital and Technology Venture Investors; William G. Reed, chairman of the board, Simpson Investment Co. (retired); and Jon A. Shirley, former president and chief operating officer, Microsoft (retired).

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