Lucky 14 Executives Win Promotions in Microsoft Shuffle

Microsoft promotes 14 executives in a broad reorganization that affects many of the software giant's corporate divisions.

Feb. 14 proved to be a lucky number for 14 Microsoft executives promoted to new positions in a company reorganization aiming to focus the company's leadership around its expanding portfolio of products and technologies.

Microsoft announced the management shuffle soon after disclosing the departure of several executives.

In the Valentine's Day reorganization, seven former corporate vice presidents became senior vice presidents and seven executives at general manager level or above were named corporate vice presidents.

The seven executives promoted to senior vice president were Chris Capossela, Kurt DelBene, Antoine Leblond, Andy Lees, Satya Nadella, S. Somasegar and Bill Veghte. The seven executives promoted to corporate vice president are Walid Abu-Hadba, Brad Brooks, Larry Cohen, Steve Guggenheimer, Scott Guthrie, Roz Ho and Brian Tobey.

One of the standout moves in this reorganization is Bill Veghte becoming senior vice president of the Online Services & Windows Business Group. Veghte was previously corporate vice president for the Windows Business Group. However, Veghte will now be expected to leverage his experience in the Windows business and be responsible for all end-user business strategy, sales and marketing across Windows Client, Windows Live, MSN and Search, as well as maintaining shared responsibility for OEM sales.

Satya Nadella, formerly a Microsoft corporate vice president, is assuming the role of senior vice president of the Search, Portals & Advertising Group. Microsoft officials said Nadella will continue to lead Microsoft's engineering efforts across Live Search, Microsoft AdCenter, and the Subscriptions, Points and Billing platforms. Nadella also will assume responsibility for managing MSN programming and engineering.

Meanwhile, Veghte, Nadella and Brian McAndrews, senior vice president of Microsoft's Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Group, will run the business strategy, sales, marketing and engineering efforts for Windows Live, Search and MSN, Microsoft said. That had been the responsibility of Steve Berkowitz, who will step down as senior vice president of the Online Services Group and leave the company in August 2008. Veghte, Nadella and McAndrews will report directly to Kevin Johnson, president of the Platforms & Services Division.

Andy Lees, formerly corporate vice president of the Server & Tools Marketing and Solutions Group, will assume the role of senior vice president of the Mobile Communications Business. In his new role, Lees will oversee the development, marketing and sales of software and services that power mobile devices for business and consumer customers worldwide. Lees will replace Pieter Knook, who left Microsoft to join Vodafone.