From: Steve Ballmer
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 2:39 PM
To: Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG)
Subject: Executive Leadership Promotions & Changes
Our success at Microsoft relies on many things: incredibly talented and hard-working employees; a commitment to innovation; and a focus on making the right investments so we can transform opportunities into profitable, sustainable growth.
Success also takes strong, dynamic leaders. As the scope and scale of Microsoft’s businesses continue to expand, one of my most important priorities has been to reinforce and extend the strength of our executive management team—both by recruiting world-class talent from outside Microsoft and by continuing to invest in those who have demonstrated their ability to lead and grow the business.
As part of our recently-completed annual people review, the Senior Leadership Team and I have identified executives who are ready to take on expanded leadership roles as we take the company forward. I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, seven current corporate vice presidents are being promoted to senior vice president. For all seven, these promotions are a reflection of their records of achievement and impact at Microsoft, and the confidence the Senior Leadership Team and I have in their ability to help us continue growing our business.
Please join me in congratulating our newest senior vice presidents:
· Chris Capossela, senior vice president, Information Worker Product Management Group
· Kurt DelBene, senior vice president, Office Business Platform Group
· Antoine Leblond, senior vice president, Office Productivity Applications Group
· Andy Lees, senior vice president, Mobile Communications Business
· Satya Nadella, senior vice president, Search, Portals & Advertising Group
· S. Somasegar, senior vice president, Developer Division
· Bill Veghte, senior vice president, Online Services & Windows Business Group
In addition, today we are promoting seven executives to corporate vice president: Walid Abu-Habda, corporate vice president, Developer & Platform Evangelism Group; Brad Brooks, corporate vice president, Windows Consumer Product Marketing; Larry Cohen, corporate vice president, Corporate Communications; Steven Guggenheimer, corporate vice president, Original Equipment Manufacturer Division; Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president, .NET Developer Platform; Roz Ho, corporate vice president, Premium Mobile Experiences; and Brian Tobey, corporate vice president, E&D Manufacturing & Operations.
Some of these promotions include a change in responsibilities. In particular, Bill Veghte and Satya Nadella—working with Brian McAndrews, senior vice president, Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Group—will take on expanded roles running business strategy, sales, marketing, and engineering for Windows Live, Search, and MSN.
In some cases, these promotions are also accompanied by organizational changes designed to improve efficiency and create better strategic alignment within and across organizations. Details of these changes will be shared with the affected groups and divisions today.
I would also like to share the news that Pieter Knook, senior vice president of our Mobile Communications Business, has decided to leave Microsoft to pursue a new opportunity with Vodafone, where he will assume the role of director of Internet Services. With Pieter’s departure, Andy Lees assumes responsibility for leading our mobile business—he will report to Robbie Bach.
In addition, Steve Berkowitz is stepping down as senior vice president of the Online Services Group—he will remain with the company through August of this year. Mike Sievert, corporate vice president of Windows Product Marketing, has also decided to leave the company to pursue new opportunities.
Pieter, Steve, and Mike have all played important roles in bringing the company to its present strong position, and I want to thank them all for their hard work and valuable contributions. I wish each one of them the best of luck in the future.
Leadership changes are an important part of how we drive our business. Today’s announcements are a testament to the depth and strength of the leadership team at Microsoft. I look forward to continuing to work closely with each of these new senior and corporate vice presidents as we focus on further growth and expansion.
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