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Microsoft shakes up execs, Elop out

by Todd Haselton | June 17, 2015June 17, 2015 7:40 am PDT

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Microsoft is shaking up its executive team in an effort to “realign” some of its strategies moving forward, the company said on Wednesday. That includes the creation of new teams and some changes amongst the ranks.

“We are aligning our engineering efforts and capabilities to deliver on our strategy and, in particular, our three core ambitions,”Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said. “This change will enable us to deliver better products and services that our customers love at a more rapid pace.”

Microsoft executive vice president Terry Myerson will lead a new Windows and Devices Group (WDG) team that “combines the engineering efforts of the current Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group,” the company explained. Microsoft’s Dynamics development teams will now fall under the Cloud and Enterprise (C+E) team that will continue to be led by executive vice president Scott Guthrie. A third unit, Applications and Services Group, is led by executive vice president Qi Lu.

Four executives will leave the company, including Stephen Elop, Kirill Tatarinov, Eric Rudder and Mark Penn. Penn is leaving on his own accord. Elop is a particularly noteworthy casualty of the changes; Elop originally left Microsoft to serve as the CEO of Nokia before Microsoft acquired Nokia’s devices and services division.

Here’s the new leadership team, as provided by Microsoft:

  • Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer
  • Chris Capossela, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Kurt DelBene, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Planning
  • Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise
  • Amy Hood, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Kathleen Hogan, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
  • Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development
  • Qi Lu, Executive Vice President, Applications and Services Group
  • Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group
  • Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research
  • Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs
  • Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer
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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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