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
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.