Microsoft Announces New, Expanded Roles for Key Executives
Feb. 14, 2008
Fourteen leaders promoted as company matches leadership talent to expanding business priorities.

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 14, 2008 —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-Hadba, 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 applications.

  • 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 sales.

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-Hadba, corporate vice president, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group. Previously general manager, Abu-Hadba 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 communications.

  • 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.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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