A significant reorganization at Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division. Enrique Rodriguez, the CVP who oversees the company’s TV, video and music businesses — which includes Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Mediaroom, Windows Media Center, and Zune — is leaving the company, we have confirmed. Rodriguez, a six-year Microsoft veteran, is not being replaced and his responsibilities are instead being split, according to a statement the company provided to us; the changes were first reported by ZDNet‘s Mary Jo Foley.
Mediaroom and the TV platform business will now report directly to entertainment and devices president Robbie Bach, while Zune and Windows Media Center will now be part of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business under SVP Don Mattrick. (Mattrick would seem to already have a lot on his hands, considering the interactive entertainment business includes Xbox and Games for Windows. That unit has also had its own fair share of high-profle departures lately).
For the Zune team, this is its second management change in less than a year. Last February, Microsoft split the Zune team along hardware and software lines, putting Zune software — like the ZunePass music subscription service — under Rodriguez, while placing the Zune hardware business under the auspices of a Windows Mobile executive.
Microsoft isn’t saying much about what is driving these latest changes, which we hear may have included the departure of other executives, in addition to Rodriguez (Please e-mail me at joe@paidContent.org if you know more).
Here’s the company’s full statement:
“As Microsoft continues to advance its strategy to bring the best entertainment experiences to all the screens in our lives, a few strategic organizational announcements were made internally this week by Entertainment and Devices Division, President, Robbie Bach.
As a natural evolution of the Interactive Entertainment Business, our consumer products and experiences focused on games, movies, television, and music will now all be part of IEB, led by Senior Vice President, Don Mattrick.
In addition, Robbie announced the formation of a new centralized E&D services infrastructure team, which will act as a combined resource across the division.
Finally, Enrique Rodriguez has decided to move on from his leadership position running the TV, Video and Music business, and he is evaluating his next opportunity. The TVM first-party businesses run by Craig Eisler (Zune and Windows Media Center) will move into IEB, and Mediaroom, the TV platform business, will become a standalone group within E&D reporting directly to Robbie Bach.
We have nothing further to share at this time.”