Microsoft Sees More High-level Shakeups

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 03, 2014


Microsoft may see some more high-level shakeups this week. Vice presidents Tony Bates and Tami Reller will be leaving the company, with an announcement of the departures coming in the next few days, according to an article posted by Kara Swisher at Recode, citing “numerous sources close to the situation.”

There was no mention on where Bates or Reller will be headed and there was no official comment from Microsoft as well. However, the report of the supposed exits comes about a month after Microsoft named Satya Nadella as its new CEO, who succeeded Steve Ballmer, who headed Microsoft for 14 years.

Both the executives were reporting to Nadella. Bates had come to Microsoft in its acquisition of Skype, where he had served as CEO and since then has served as Microsoft’s chief of business development and evangelism. Bates was one of the internal candidates, along with Nadella, whom Microsoft had considered for the CEO post.

The other senior executive, Reller, has been the software maker’s head of marketing. Who had been with Microsoft since 2001, working in a number of roles, including CMO and CFO for its flagship Windows unit.

Swisher writes “Reller’s departure was not unexpected, given she had been matched by Ballmer in a classic and problematic two-in-a-box face-off with Penn, a set-up that had become uncomfortable and, increasingly, untenable.

Reller is one of the top women leaders at Microsoft, reporting to Nadella; others also include EVP of HR Lisa Brummel and CFO Amy Hood, who are expected to remain in their jobs.

Only last week, it was reported that Julie Larson-Green, another contestant for the CEO position, would be stepping aside from her post as leader of hardware development to join the Applications and Services Group. As per the changes, she will not stay on SLT, as been previously planned, after Nokia exec Stephen Elop arrives to take over that unit.

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Going by Swisher’s report, while Reller will stay for a while to help with the transition, Bates will leave immediately. His departure was not a big surprise, given “he was an unselected CEO candidate. Swisher reports that he has received several offers for the top seat at technology firms, and there is recent precedent for Microsoft leaders leaving the mothership for top roles at other companies, reports Tech Crunch.”

The Recode report further says that while Bates’ replacement will be Eric Rudder, who oversees Microsoft’s advanced strategy, Reller’s responsibilities will be handled by marketing executive Chris Capossela.