Executive Shuffle at Microsoft

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-23 Print this article Print

Microsoft combines the Developer and Platform Evangelism Business, the Windows Server System Business, and the Enterprise Storage and Management Business under the existing Servers and Tools Profit & Loss center.

Microsoft Corp. on Monday reorganized its platforms group, combining the Developer and Platform Evangelism Business, the Windows Server System Business, and the Enterprise Storage and Management Business under the existing Servers and Tools Profit & Loss center (P&L), which will be headed by senior vice president Eric Rudder. However, Paul Flessner, who was senior vice president of the server platform division and who led the Server and Tools P&L, will "return to his roots of engineering management and will lead the Exchange, SQL and eBusiness Divisions, while reporting to Rudder," a Microsoft spokesman told eWEEK on Monday. This is not a downward or sideways move for Flessner, the spokesman said, as Flessner "was looking to do less business work and more engineering."
The shuffle is not unusual as Microsoft often tweaks its organizational structure and moves staff around, particularly around the end of the fiscal year. In fact, Microsoft also announced on Monday that it has filled its vacant chief-privacy-strategist position.
Peter Cullen, corporate privacy officer for Royal Bank of Canada, will join Microsoft on July 14 in that role. Cullen will report to Scott Charney, Microsofts chief security strategist, whose title is now chief trustworthy computing strategist. Charney had been filling in as acting chief privacy strategist. Microsoft is organized into seven P&Ls: client, server/tools, information worker, business solutions, home and entertainment, MSN, subscription services, and mobile and embedded devices. Rudder was most recently senior vice president for the Developer & Platform Evangelism Business. With this change, there will continue to be three P&Ls in the Platforms Group: Servers & Tools (under Rudder), Mobile and Embedded Devices (run by Pieter Knook), and Windows Client (headed by Will Poole). A Microsoft spokesman told eWEEK on Monday that aligning the three organizations under a single management structure would create synergy in product development, enabling more centralized focus in business and marketing functions. He also said that the changes did not affect the Windows Server organization under senior vice president Brian Valentine, who will continue to be responsible for all the core technology pieces of Windows Server.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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