The promotions come at the heels of the departures of both Robbie Bach, 48, and J. Allard, 51, in November. Bach and Allard were the business and technology heads of the all-important entertainment and mobile divisions. Twenty-year Microsoft veteran Andy Lees, a 45-year-old Brit, will now take the reins of the mobile division. Canadian Don Mattrick, 46, will head the entertainment division. Mattrick joined Microsoft in 2007 after serving as a president at Electronic Arts.
In the wake of 54-year-old Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's departure, 18-year Microsoft veteran Kurt DelBene, 50, was named President of the Microsoft Office Division. The American executive most recently led the highly successful Microsoft Online Services business. His roots include consulting with McKinsey and developing software for AT&T Bell Laboratories.
HP Shake Up Continues in Branding, Cloud
On the last day of September, Leo Apotheker, 57 and Ray Lane, 63 were appointed as CEO and non-executive Chair, respectively. Beyond those headline-making moves, HP also made some quieter, yet important placements.
Gail Galuppo, a 46-year-old brand builder, joined HP as SVP of Worldwide Strategy and Marketing for the $5.1 billion Imaging and Printing Group. She was formerly EVP & CMO at Western Union. She replaces Ron Coughlin, who is now SVP of HP's LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions.
Meanwhile, category-defining cloud storage CEO David Scott has returned home to HP's Storage division. Scott, 49, spent the past decade as CEO of 3PAR, a utility storage company HP acquired in 2010. Scott will serve as SVP and GM of HP's StorageWorks and report to Dave Donatelli, EVP, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking.
Finally, Marcela Perez de Alonso, 56, is retiring as EVP of HR, citing personal reasons. She will remain at her post until a successor is named. She earned recognition as "2009 Human Capital Leader of the Year" by the Society of Human Resource Management and was featured on the cover of HR Executive magazine for architecting a breakthrough workforce planning model unmatched in the HR industry. Could her departure signify a change in philosophy from the old guard?