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October 20, 2010

Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie Leaving Microsoft

Posted by David Hunter at 2:54 PM ET.

Steve Ballmer has announced that Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie is leaving and that his post will not be filled.

With our progress in services and the cloud now full speed ahead in all aspects of our business, Ray and I are announcing today Ray’s intention to step down from his role as chief software architect. He will remain with the company as he transitions the teams and ongoing strategic projects within his organization – bringing the great innovations and great innovators he’s assembled into the groups driving our business.

Woody Leonhard at Infoworld says "Ray Ozzie’s leaving Microsoft: What took him so long?" and Joe Wilcox opines that the problem was that Ozzie really wasn’t one of Steve Ballmer’s boys. Take the money and run, Ray – there are lots of places where you can do interesting technical work.



Filed under Employee Retention, Executives, General Business, Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, Steve Ballmer

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October 1, 2010

Microsoft Business and Entertainment Divisions fracture with 3 new presidents

Posted by David Hunter at 2:21 PM ET.

Microsoft today announced 3 new division presidents ostensibly to fill the voids left by the departures of Robbie Bach (Entertainment and Devices) and Stephen Elop (Business). However, it mostly looks like the temporary scheme which had the former direct reports to the division presidents reporting to Steve Ballmer has been institutionalized with some promotions:

In a statement this morning, the company said it is naming Kurt DelBene to head the Microsoft Office Division, Don Mattrick to head the Interactive Entertainment Business, and Andy Lees to head the Mobile Communications Business, effectively leaving things as they have been following the departure of Stephen Elop (who was named Nokia CEO last month) and the announced retirement of Robbie Bach.

DelBene’s group, which is focused on the Office set of products, is somewhat narrower in focus than the one vacated by Elop, which also included the Microsoft Dynamics line of customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning products for midsize businesses. The Dynamics business will continue to be headed by Kirill Tatarinov, who will report to Ballmer.

The moves essentially leave all of Microsoft’s businesses in largely the same hands they have been in. Lees and Mattrick have been running their units since Bach announced plans to retire in May. Following Elop’s departure, DelBene has been jointly running Office with fellow executives Chris Capossela and unit CFO Amy Hood. Capossela, the longtime head of Office marketing, and Hood will remain in their roles, reporting to DelBene.

And even more evidence that there is less here than meets the eye: the five business unit financial reporting structure will stay the same.



Filed under Amy Hood, Andy Lees, Chris Capossela, Don Mattrick, Executives, Financial, General Business, Kirill Tatarinov, Kurt DelBene, Microsoft

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