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Tony Bates & Tami Reller Leaving; Company Appoints New Chief Strategy Officer & Other Senior Leaders

EVP of Microsoft’s Business Development and Evangelism group and former Skype CEO Tony Bates and EVP, Marketing Tami Reller are leaving the company. Head of Microsoft's advanced strategy, Eric Rudder, will take up Bates' duties on a temporary basis, while continuing in his current role. Marketing executive Chris Capossela will replace Reller. 

Tony Bates, before leading the Business Development and Evangelism group, was the president of Microsoft’s Skype Division and the CEO of Skype prior to its acquisition in October of 2011. Before running Skype, Bates was SVP and GM of Cisco's Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business Group as well as leader of its service provider and high-end router business units. Before Cisco, Bates spearheaded the backbone-engineering strategy for Internet MCI.


As co-head of Microsoft's Windows unit, Reller is considered one of the top female executives at Microsoft and she will remain with the company for a little while to help with the reshuffle. Before becoming EVP, Marketing in July 2013, she was both CMO and CFO for the Windows division. Before that, she was EVP of marketing and previously was both CMO and CFO for the Windows division. Reller began her career in technology at Great Plains Software in 1984 while still in college. She had a number of leadership positions within the company, including CFO, a position she held at the time of Microsoft’s acquisition of Great Plains Software in 2001.

Eric Rudder, who will also serve as interim leader responsible for Business Development and Evangelism, is EVP of Advanced Technology, responsible for cross-company technology initiatives for all Microsoft devices and services. Previously, Rudder served as Chief Technical Strategy Officer, and managed Microsoft Research, as well as the company’s Trustworthy Computing group, Technology Policy group, Startup Business group, and the Strategic Software and Silicon Architectures team.  Prior to that, Rudder served as SVP of Server and Tools.

Chris Capossela the new EVP and CMO, earlier served as Corporate VP, Consumer Channels Group, Corporate VP, Office Marketing, GM, Microsoft Project, Director, Business Operations, EMEA, Speech Assistant to Bill Gates, Program Manager, Microsoft Access, Product Manager, Desktop Database Products, and Marketing Manager, Windows Seminar Team at Microsoft.

EVP of advertising and strategy Mark Penn was named Chief Strategy Officer. Previously, Penn was worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller and CEO of Penn Schoen Berland, serving as senior adviser to global corporate and political leaders including Bill Gates, Bill Ford, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Bill Clinton. For six years, Penn served as White House Pollster to President Clinton and was a key strategy adviser in his 1996 re-election, and also served as chief strategist to Hillary Clinton in her Senate campaigns and 2008 Presidential campaign.


Scott Guthrie
has been appointed as the interim Cloud & Enterprise EVP at Microsoft, taking Nadella’s place. Guthrie moved from being the Corporate VP of the .Net platform in the Developer Division, to head the Azure Application Platform team in the Business Platform Division in mid 2011. He has been a major advocate for developers and has made a priority integrating open-source tools and technologies into the Microsoft stack.

Microsoft appointed former CEO of acquired Nokia, Stephen Elop, to lead the entire Xbox division. After Don Mattrick left in the wake of the Xbox One’s disastrous debut last year, Microsoft turned to the highly regarded Julie Larson-Green to head the program, which she did for the past six months.

Larson-Green is moving over to take a role as the company’s Chief Experience Officer, heading up the My Life & Work team. While her experience at Microsoft prior to helming the Devices & Studios division was tangential to Xbox development, she had worked for the company for 20 years and was seen as a solid choice for the role.

Keith Lorizio, VP-U.S. sales for Microsoft's advertising division, has left. A thirteen-year Microsoft veteran, Lorizio took over sales and marketing for Microsoft's ads division in 2010. Lorizio's duties expanded in 2012 to include management of Microsoft's global agency team after the exec in charge of that team left.

Date: March 6, 2014

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