Friday, February 15, 2008

Microsoft Announces New, Expanded Roles for Key Executives

Microsoft Corp. today announced a series of executive promotions -- seven new senior vice presidents and seven new corporate vice presidents -- reflective of the company's commitment to build and maintain a strong and dynamic management team across its unique portfolio of businesses. The seven executives promoted to senior vice president are 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-Habda, Brad Brooks, Larry Cohen, Steve Guggenheimer, Scott Guthrie, Roz Ho and Brian Tobey.

"Along with attracting world-class talent from outside the company, one of my top priorities is growing Microsoft's existing leadership team," said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. "Each of these executives will play a critical role in leading Microsoft into the future. Today's promotions are a result of their ability to think strategically on a global scale, the respect they've earned from their peers, customers and partners, and their significant contributions to the company."
The executives promoted to senior vice president now hold these titles and responsibilities:

-- Chris Capossela, senior vice president, Information Worker Product
Management Group. Previously corporate vice president, Capossela will
continue to manage the Microsoft Office system products that deliver
end-user productivity applications and services, unified
communications and collaboration, business intelligence, and
enterprise content management.

-- Kurt DelBene, senior vice president, Office Business Platform Group.
Previously corporate vice president, DelBene will continue to lead the
development of client and server products that provide organizations
with a platform for collaboration, information sharing and business

-- Antoine Leblond, senior vice president, Office Productivity
Applications Group. Previously corporate vice president, Leblond will
continue to lead the design, development and testing of the Microsoft
Office suite of productivity applications and services.

-- Andy Lees, senior vice president, Mobile Communications Business.
Previously corporate vice president of the Server & Tools Marketing
and Solutions Group, Lees will oversee the development, marketing and
sales of software and services that power mobile devices for business
and consumer customers worldwide. Lees will fill the role previously
held by Pieter Knook, who made the decision to leave Microsoft to
pursue new opportunities.

-- Satya Nadella, senior vice president, Search, Portals & Advertising
Group. Previously corporate vice president, Nadella will continue to
lead Microsoft's engineering efforts across Live Search, Microsoft
adCenter, and Subscriptions, Points and Billing platforms. He will
also take over responsibility for MSN programming and engineering.

-- S. Somasegar, senior vice president, Developer Division. Previously
corporate vice president, Somasegar will continue to oversee all
developer-related languages, tools and platforms within Microsoft. He
also leads Microsoft India Development Center and Microsoft Canada
Development Centre.

-- Bill Veghte, senior vice president, Online Services & Windows Business
Group. Previously corporate vice president, Veghte will build upon his
leadership of the Windows business and will take on an expanded role
that includes responsibility for all end-user business strategy, sales
and marketing across Windows Client, Windows Live, MSN and Search. In
addition, he will continue to have shared responsibility for OEM
Together, Veghte, Nadella and Brian McAndrews, senior vice president of Microsoft's Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Group, take on expanded roles running the business strategy, sales, marketing and engineering efforts for Windows Live, Search and MSN. Each will continue reporting directly to Kevin Johnson, president of the Platforms & Services Division. Steve Berkowitz will step down as senior vice president of the Online Services Group. He will remain with the company, focusing on a smooth transition of the business, until the end of August 2008.

The executives promoted to corporate vice president now hold these titles and responsibilities:

-- Walid Abu-Habda, corporate vice president, Developer and Platform
Evangelism Group. Previously general manager, Abu-Habda will continue
to focus on platform strategy and evangelism of the Microsoft platform
to developers, IT professionals and partners worldwide.

-- Brad Brooks, corporate vice president, Windows Consumer Product
Marketing. Previously general manager, Windows Product Marketing,
Brooks will oversee global marketing of Windows to consumers. Brooks
will fill the role previously held by Michael Sievert, who has decided
to leave Microsoft to pursue new endeavors.

-- Larry Cohen, corporate vice president, Corporate Communications.
Previously general manager, Cohen will continue to be responsible for
the company's global communications efforts, spanning public
relations, executive communications and employee communications.

-- Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president, Original Equipment
Manufacturer Division. Previously general manager, Application
Platform Marketing, Guggenheimer will move to a new role leading the
group that manages Microsoft's relationships with the makers of
personal computers and other devices.

-- Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president, .NET Developer Platform.
Previously general manager, Guthrie will continue to oversee several
development teams responsible for delivering Microsoft Visual Studio
developer tools and Microsoft .NET Framework technologies for building
client and Web applications.

-- Roz Ho, corporate vice president, Premium Mobile Offerings. Previously
general manager, Ho will lead the new Danger Inc. team and continue to
focus on various consumer-focused premium mobile offerings in mobile

-- Brian Tobey, corporate vice president, Manufacturing and Operations
for Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division. Previously vice
president, Tobey will continue to oversee all global manufacturing,
supply chain and IT functions within E&D.
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