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Microsoft Realigns to Enable Innovation at Greater Speed

Microsoft has made a major overhaul at the company to bring all divisions under one united strategy. The changes include senior management moving into new roles. To embrace the new strategy, Microsoft will now be organized by function: Engineering (including OS, Apps, Cloud, and Devices), Marketing, Business Development and Evangelism, Advanced Strategy and Research, Finance, HR, Legal and COO. The new teams and their leaders are...

Operating Systems Group - Terry Myerson is the new EVP of the Operating Systems group with responsibility for the strategy and development of operating systems. Myerson and his team will be responsible for building the software platform and experiences that are showcased in Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox devices worldwide. Prior to leading the Operating Systems group, Myerson led the Windows Phone Division. Previously, Myerson led the Exchange team for eight years, during which time it became the world's most popular business communications system. At age 21, Myerson founded Intersé, one of the first Web software companies. Intersé software helped customers analyze their website activity in order to make better business decisions. Myerson joined Microsoft when the company acquired Intersé in 1997.

Devices and Studios Group - Julie Larson-Green is the EVP, Devices and Studios group with responsibility for all hardware development including Xbox, Surface and accessories. She also oversees Microsoft Studios, which includes development of games, entertainment and premium content experiences for all devices across the company. In 20 years at Microsoft, Larson-Green has been involved in defining products and customer experiences that touch more than a billion people, from developer tools in her early years to multiple versions of Internet Explorer, Office and Windows. Larson-Green most recently led the product planning, design and delivery of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, including the transition to a more collaborative cross-company rapid development and updating process. Her leadership responsibility extended from program management, design, research, development and testing across all international releases of Windows to Internet Explorer, Windows Services and Microsoft Surface.

Applications and Services Group - As EVP of Microsoft's Applications and Services Group, Dr. Qi Lu will lead Microsoft’s business across productivity, communications, search and other information services. He sets the vision, strategy, and overall direction of the Applications and Services group, and is responsible for all of the research and development teams across Microsoft Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, Lync, Skype, Bing, Bing Apps, MSN and the Advertising platforms and business group. Until recently, Dr. Lu was the president of the Online Services Division, where he led the company's search, portal and online advertising efforts. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Lu spent 10 years as a Yahoo! senior executive. His roles included serving as the EVP of engineering for the company's Search and Advertising Technology Group where he oversaw the development of Yahoo!'s Web search and monetization platforms, and VP of engineering responsible for the technology development of Yahoo!'s search, e-commerce and local listings of businesses and products. Before joining Yahoo!, Dr. Lu worked as a research staff member at IBM's Almaden Research Center and Carnegie Mellon University, and was a faculty member at Fudan University in China.

Cloud and Enterprise Group - Satya Nadella is the new EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services. Nadella and his team deliver the “Cloud OS”, Microsoft’s next generation backend platform. Previously, Nadella was president of Microsoft’s $19 billion Server and Tools Business and led the transformation of the business and technology from client-server software to cloud infrastructure and services. Prior roles include SVP of R&D for the Online Services Division and VP of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

Microsoft Business Solutions Group - Kirill Tatarinov is now EVP of the Microsoft Business Solutions Group, responsible for the Microsoft Dynamics business across development, sales, marketing and operations. Microsoft Dynamics is a set of business solutions for scenarios including customer relationship, supply chain and financial management (CRM & ERP) that bring simplicity, value and agility to organizations of all sizes. Prior joining MBS in 2007, Tatarinov led the Management and Solutions Division at Microsoft, where he was in charge of the Microsoft Windows management technologies and products, including Microsoft System Center, as well as Windows Server solutions. Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Tatarinov was SVP and CTO for BMC Software. Before that, Tatarinov was co-founder, chief architect, and head of R&D for Patrol Software, the developer of innovative software solutions for systems and network management acquired by BMC in 1994. Before co-founding Patrol Software, Tatarinov worked in several systems, networking and consulting companies in Russia, Israel and Australia.

Advanced Strategy and Research Group - Eric Rudder is EVP of Microsoft’s Advanced Strategy and Research group, responsible for the company’s overall technical strategy, technology policy and forward-looking development efforts. He oversees Microsoft Research, one of the world's premier computer science research organizations, as well as the company’s Trustworthy Computing group, Technology Policy group, Startup Business group, and the Strategic Software and Silicon Architectures team. Previously, Rudder served as SVP of Server and Tools and was responsible for leading the company's outreach to the developer community. Rudder and his team delivered the overall programming model for the .NET platform and created the best tools for the developer and designer communities. Rudder also served as VP of Technical Strategy working directly with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on the company’s technical planning. His past roles at Microsoft have spanned networking, operating systems and developer tools in both leadership and technical capacities.

Marketing Group - Former Windows CFO Tami Reller will lead all marketing with the field relationship as EVP, Marketing group. Since joining Microsoft in 2007, Reller has held several positions within the company. Most recently, she 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.

Mark Penn will take a broad view of marketing strategy, and will lead with Tami Reller, the newly centralized advertising and media functions. Penn is EVP of the Advertising and Strategy group. 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.

Business Development and Evangelism Group - Tony Bates, former head of Microsoft's Skype division, takes a bigger role as the EVP, business development and evangelism group. Bates will focus on partnerships like Yahoo and Nokia, while taking the many evangelist groups at Microsoft under his control. Before leading the Business Development and Evangelism group, Tony 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 general manager 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. He also served as a member of the board of YouTube and LoveFilm. Bates has more than 25 years of experience in the Internet and telecommunications industries, and he has published 12 IETF RFCs in the areas of Internet routing and operations. He also holds 10 patents in the area of Layer 2 and Layer 3 network innovations.

Senior execs who continue in their roles:

COO - Kevin Turner will continue leading the worldwide sales, field marketing, services, support, and stores as well as IT, licensing and commercial operations.

Finance Group - Amy Hood will centralize all product group finance organizations. SMSG finance, which is geographically diffuse, will report to Kevin Turner with a dotted line to Hood.

Legal and Corporate Affairs Group - Brad Smith will continue as General Counsel with responsibility for the company's legal and corporate affairs and will map his team to the new organization.

HR Group - Lisa Brummel will lead Human Resources and map her team to the new organization.

-          As part of these changes, Kurt DelBene will be retiring from Microsoft. Kurt has been a huge part of the success in evolving Office to be a great cloud service, and was a key member of the leadership team. He is a 20+ years Microsoft veteran.

Craig Mundie will be stepping off the SLT to devote his time to a special project through the end of this calendar year. Beginning in 2014, he will continue as a consultant through his previously agreed upon departure date at the end of calendar 2014. He is Microsoft’s former Chief Research and Strategy Officer.

Also at this time, Rick Rashid will step away from his role of Chief Research Officer, Microsoft Research and move into a new role driving core OS innovation in the operating systems group.  After joining Microsoft in 1991, Rashid served as director and VP of the Microsoft Research division and was promoted to his current role in 2000.

Date: July 15, 2013

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