Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed the departure of Brad Goldberg, Search Business Group General Manager:
Goldberg is leaving to become chief executive of the online business at the Peak6 investment company.
The Redmond company acknowledged Goldberg’s impending departure in response to an inquiry this evening, describing the situation as amicable. Another Microsoft veteran, Mike Nichols, will replace Goldberg as general manager of Live Search product management at the beginning of the year.
This seems to be more of the continuing fallout from the appointment of Yahoo’s Dr. Qi Lu to run Microsoft’s Online Services Group. Earlier, Microsoft had revealed the upcoming departure in March of online ad sales chief Bill Shaughnessy whose organization was folded into Microsoft’s centralized Sales, Marketing and Services Group when Dr. Lu arrived.