Microsoft to Lose Another Senior Executive

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-10-11 Print this article Print

Rick Devenuti, the senior vice president of enterprise services and IT, will be retiring after 19 years with Microsoft "to focus his attention on his family and consider his next challenge."

Microsoft is losing another senior executive with a long history at the software maker. Rick Devenuti, senior vice president of enterprise services and IT, will be retiring after 19 years with Microsoft "to focus his attention on his family and consider his next challenge," a spokesperson told eWEEK in an e-mail statement Oct. 11. Devenuti is slated to leave the company at the end of December 2006, and Microsoft hopes to appoint his replacement within the next month. That would allow Devenuti to work with his replacement to ensure a smooth transition, the spokesperson said.
Devenuti took over management of the enterprise services and IT group in 2003 when corporate vice president Michael Sinneck abruptly resigned to "pursue opportunities outside of Microsoft."
Devenuti created a three-year plan for the company and Microsoft is now in the second year of that plan "and remains committed to the strategy," the spokesperson said. Devenuti has held a number of management positions during his time at Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., including leading the U.S. Financial Analysis Team and serving as CIO of Microsofts internal IT organization. He also instituted a program that lets Microsoft manage desktop computers for other companies. That started off with a pilot program with Energizer Holdings, in St. Louis, and was expanded to include XL Capital, in Hamilton, Bermuda. Another senior Microsoft executive leaving the fold is Jim Allchin, co-president of the Platform Products & Services division. He will depart in January 2007 once Windows Vista is released to consumers. Windows Vista has entered the home stretch with RC2. Click here to read more. Chairman and former Chief Software Architect Bill Gates also announced earlier this year that he plans to leave in 2008 the company he founded 31 years ago to focus on his philanthropy work. Gates will remain company chairman. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
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.

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