Microsoft Corporation Shakes Up Management

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News coming out of the Microsoft Corporation reveals that there have been several key management shake ups. The shake ups have been done mainly in the Senior Management department, with the former Nokia chief and the current Executive Vice President of Devices/Studio, Mr. Stephen Elop deciding to resign. Along with him, Executive Vice President of Advanced Strategy Eric Rudder and the Executive Vice President of Business Solutions Kirill Tatarinov have decided to take their leave from the Microsoft Corporation as well.

The move comes after Mr. Elop made a decision to pursue other projects not related to the Microsoft Corporation. Although the position seemed vacant, Executive Vice President Mr. Terry Myerson has been asked to take up the ranks of the recently formed Windows and Devices Group, which will be focusing on enabling more personal computing experiences within the Windows ecosystem. This new addition will combine with the engineering creation of the current Operating Systems Group alongside Microsoft Devices Group, allowing the company to position Windows as a service across Microsoft devices which include Surface, Surface Hun, Lumia, HoloLens, Band and Xbox.

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The changes put Executive Vice President Qi Lu in charge of the Applications and Services Group in the company, which will focus on getting productivity back up, along with Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie who will continue to manage the Cloud and Enterprise team. The Cloud and Enterprise team will now involve the Dynamics development teams. This joining should help the company to accelerate the projects of ERP and CRM, as well as bring the effort of the Cloud and Enterprise engineering with innovation efforts into the mainstream. With this, the company can concentrate on building infrastructures of great value alongside business services that will be different to customers. These infrastructures include security, business processes, data, analytics products, and management offerings. The shake up that has been under taken is said to bring strides in the way the Microsoft Corporation’s management takes the company forward.


In further developments, CEO Satya Nadella said that the decision to section off Microsoft’s engineering efforts into three separate groups was in order for them to work alongside each other in an effort to deliver the company’s goals and strategies. He went on to say:

“We are aligning our engineering efforts and capabilities to deliver on our strategy and, in particular, our three core ambitions.” A list of the New Senior Leadership Team is laid out below.

  • Satya Nadella, Executive Officer (Chief)
  • Scott Guthrie, Cloud and Enterprise’s Executive VP
  • Qi Lu, Applications and Services Group’s Executive VP
  • Chris Capossela, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive VP
  • Amy Hood, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Kurt DelBene, Planning and Corporate Strategy VP (Executive)
  • Kathleen Hogan, Executive Vice President of  Human Resources
  • Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Windows and Devices Group
  • Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Legal and Corporate Affairs
  • Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Business Development
  • Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer
  • Harry Shum, Executive Vice President of Technology and Research

The company promotes that the future looks bright with the new transitions. However; rumors suggest that Nokia is about to make a comeback, and with the resignation of its former CEO, the shake up in Microsoft Corporation could well be the final piece of evidence need to make the rumors a reality.

By Andrew Joseph

Edited by Chanel van der Woodsen


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