Microsoft Names New Exchange Chief

Microsoft veteran Mohsen Al-Ghosein will head up Redmond's Exchange Server group and oversee the release of the next major Exchange messaging server upgrade, code-named Titanium.

REDMOND, Wash.—In yet another management shift, Microsoft Corp. has appointed Mohsen Al-Ghosein to head its Exchange Server group.

Al-Ghosein, who joined Microsoft in 1990, has been involved in a number of corporate strategy and architectural roles at the company and was appointed a distinguished engineer in 2000.

He replaces Malcolm Pearson, who is currently on a sabbatical from the Redmond, Wash., software firm.

Paul Flessner, vice president of Microsofts .Net Enterprise Software group, told eWEEK that Pearson is expected to return to the firm in several months to fill an as-yet undetermined role and position.

"Malcolm has been involved in the mail business his entire career and felt it was time for a change. We are looking forward to his return," he said, adding that "Mohsen has played a number of roles at Microsoft, from core engineering on COM and COM+, to writing a game for the Xbox, to now leading the Exchange team."

Al-Ghosein will oversee the release of the next major upgrade of the Exchange messaging server, code-named Titanium, which is due out in the middle of next year.

That upgrade will include Microsofts Mobile Information Server (MIS) integrated at the server level to provide mobile messaging capabilities as well as an improved Outlook client.