The Developer Division, the Danger Team and More

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2008-02-14 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



In the Microsoft Developer Division, S. "Soma" Somasegar was promoted to senior vice president from his former role as corporate vice president of the division. Somasegar will continue to oversee all Microsoft developer-related languages, tools and platforms. He also leads the Microsoft India Development Center and the Microsoft Canada Development Centre.

The Developer Division also saw Scott Guthrie, formerly a general manager in the division, promoted to corporate vice president of .Net Developer Platform. In his new role, Guthrie will continue to oversee several development teams responsible for delivering Microsoft Visual Studio developer tools and Microsoft .Net Framework technologies for building client and Web applications.

Microsoft also promoted Chris Capossela to senior vice president of the Information Worker Product Management Group, where he will continue to manage Microsoft Office system products. Kurt DelBene was promoted to senior vice president of the Office Business Platform Group, and Antoine Leblond was promoted to senior vice president of the Office Productivity Applications Group.

"Along with attracting world-class talent from outside the company, one of my top priorities is growing Microsoft's existing leadership team," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement.

In addition to Guthrie, Microsoft named six other new corporate vice presidents, including Steve Guggenheimer, who is now corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer Division. Guggenheimer was formerly general manager of Application Platform Marketing, but will now lead the group that manages Microsoft's relationships with PC makers and device manufacturers.

Walid Abu-Hadba is moving from general manager to corporate vice president of the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group. Abu-Hadba will continue to focus on platform strategy and evangelism of the Microsoft platform to developers, IT professionals and partners.

Brad Brooks will move from general manager of Windows Product Marketing to corporate vice president of Windows Consumer Product Marketing, while Larry Cohen will move from general manager to corporate vice president of Corporate Communications.

In addition, Microsoft promoted Roz Ho from general manager to corporate vice president of Premium Mobile Offerings. Ho will lead the new Danger team, which Microsoft recently acquired, and continue to focus on consumer-focused premium mobile offerings, the company said.

Finally, Brian Tobey is assuming the role of corporate vice president of Manufacturing and Operations for Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division.



 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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