Microsoft Names Ask.com CEO to Help Guide MSN, Windows Live
Steve Berkowitz is set to become senior vice president in charge of Microsoft's Online Business Group, replacing David Cole, who is taking a one-year leave of absence. (Microsoft Watch)Microsoft announced on April 21 that it had named Steve Berkowitz, the former CEO of Ask.com, to fill an opening at the top of its Online Business Group unit. On May 8, Berkowitz will become the senior vice president in charge of the group that oversees MSN.com, MSNTV, MSN Internet access programming, advertising sales, business development and marketing for MSN and Windows Live. The end-to-end management of the Online Business Group profit-and-loss center also is now under Berkowitz.
The Windows Live platform services and operational capabilities fall under a separate group, known as the Windows Live Platform group, headed by Blake Irving.