A major departure at Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) this evening: Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft’s Platforms and Services Division, is leaving the company to head up gearmaker Juniper Networks. The departure will coincide with a reorg that will see Johnson’s unit split into two parts. Microsoft’s official announcement is here. Added: Juniper’s announcement is now out here. The news was first reported at WSJ.
Johnson, who has been with Microsoft since 1992, and at his current position since 2005, was seen as a major figure in the company’s attempt to acquire Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO). In his official bio, the company touts 30 acquisitions under his watch in support of its ‘software+services’ strategy.
As for the reorg of his unit, here’s how it works: One unit will oversee the Windows operating system and related online services. The other will oversee the pure online-only aspects, like MSN.com and the online advertising business. The first group will be headed by CEO Steve Ballmer, and three other executives. The company will begin a search for a newly created role to head up the other unit.
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