Microsoft promotes 14 executives in a broad reorganization that affects many of the software giant's corporate divisions.
Feb. 14 proved to be a lucky number for 14 Microsoft executives promoted to
new positions in a company reorganization aiming to focus the company's leadership
around its expanding portfolio of products and technologies.
Microsoft announced the management shuffle soon after disclosing the
departure of several executives.
In the Valentine's Day reorganization, seven former corporate vice
presidents became senior vice presidents and seven executives at general
manager level or above were named corporate vice presidents.
The seven executives promoted to senior vice president were Chris Capossela,
Kurt DelBene, Antoine Leblond, Andy Lees, Satya Nadella, S. Somasegar and Bill
Veghte. The seven executives promoted to corporate vice president are Walid
Abu-Hadba, Brad Brooks, Larry Cohen, Steve Guggenheimer, Scott Guthrie, Roz Ho
and Brian Tobey.
One of the standout moves in this reorganization is Bill Veghte becoming
senior vice president of the Online Services & Windows Business Group. Veghte
was previously corporate vice president for the Windows Business Group.
However, Veghte will now be expected to leverage his experience in the Windows
business and be responsible for all end-user business strategy, sales and
marketing across Windows Client, Windows Live, MSN
and Search, as well as maintaining shared responsibility for OEM sales.
Satya Nadella, formerly a Microsoft corporate vice president, is assuming the
role of senior vice president of the Search, Portals & Advertising Group.
Microsoft officials said Nadella will continue to lead Microsoft's engineering
efforts across Live Search, Microsoft AdCenter, and the Subscriptions, Points
and Billing platforms. Nadella also will assume responsibility for managing MSN
programming and engineering.
Meanwhile, Veghte, Nadella and Brian McAndrews, senior vice president of
Microsoft's Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Group, will run the business
strategy, sales, marketing and engineering efforts for Windows Live, Search and
MSN, Microsoft said. That had been the
responsibility of Steve Berkowitz, who will step down as senior vice president
of the Online Services Group and leave the company in August 2008. Veghte, Nadella
and McAndrews will report directly to Kevin Johnson, president of the Platforms
& Services Division.
Andy Lees, formerly corporate vice president of the Server & Tools
Marketing and Solutions Group, will assume the role of senior vice president of
the Mobile Communications Business. In his new role, Lees will oversee the
development, marketing and sales of software and services that power mobile
devices for business and consumer customers worldwide. Lees will replace Pieter
Knook, who left Microsoft to join Vodafone.