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Microsoft has reshuffled its executive ranks, removing former Nokia chief Stephen Elop and handing more responsibilities to Windows head Terry Myerson. The company has also trimmed down on the number of major engineering divisons from four to three.
CEO Satya Nadella mentioned in an email he sent to Microsoft employees - said the changes are designed to “better align our capabilities and, ultimately, deliver better products and services our customers love at a more rapid pace.”
According to Nadella, the IT major is aligning its engineering efforts and capabilities to deliver its strategy particularly around its three core ambitions: reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud platform, and create more personal computing,” said the CEO of Microsoft. “
The exit of the executives, particularly Elop, whose Devices group will be rolled into Microsoft’s Windows unit, signals a shift of emphasis away from hardware and back to Microsoft’s core business, believe experts, who had run the company’s Devices team following his return to Microsoft after it bought Nokia for $7.9 billion. That deal that was finalized just last year had left Microsoft with a money-losing business and only 3 percent of the smartphone market.
Elop’s latest tenure at Microsoft was marked by an unsuccessful struggle to popularize Windows phones. He was widely mocked for insensitivity last year after he sent an email to colleagues that began with a cheery “Hello there” and then announced 12,500 layoffs in the 11th paragraph, says a Reuter report.
The group Elop oversaw now falls into Executive Vice President Terry Myerson’s hand, who will now control both Operating Systems Group (as before) and Microsoft Devices Group.. Nadella said it would focus on “enabling more personal computing experiences powered by the Windows ecosystem”.
Microsoft is set to launch Windows 10 on July 29, the first operating system designed to run across PCs, tablets and phones.
As a part of this announcement, the company will move the Dynamics development teams to the Cloud and enterprise team, enabling the company to accelerate ERP and CRM work and bring it into the mainstream enterprise engineering and innovation efforts.
Executive Vice President Qi Lu will continue to lead the Applications and Services Group (ASG) focused on reinventing productivity services for digital work that span all devices and appeal to the people who use technology at work and in their personal lives.
Following these changes, Microsoft’s Senior Leadership Team totals 12 executives:
Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer
Chris Capossela, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Kurt DelBene, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Planning
Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise
Amy Hood, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kathleen Hogan, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development
Qi Lu, Executive Vice President, Applications and Services Group
Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group
Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research
Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs
Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer
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