Microsoft Losing Its Enterprise Services Chief

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-10-11

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

Devenuti is slated to leave the company at the end of December 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.

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 also instituted a program which 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.

Other senior Microsoft executives leaving the fold include Jim Allchin, who is co-president of its platform products and services division. He will depart in January 2007 once Windows Vista is released to consumers.

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.

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