Microsoft Reshuffles Web Execs
- By Michael Domingo
Microsoft announced the recent promotions of 14 executives, seven to senior
vice president positions and seven others to corporate vice president.
Among the senior vice president promotions are Satya Nadella, senior vice president
of Search, Portals and Advertising, and Bill Veghte, senior vice president of
Online Services and the Windows Business Group. Both will be working with Brian
McAndrews, senior vice president of Microsoft's Advertiser and Publisher Solutions
Group and former CEO of aQuantive.
According to the press release, the trio will be tasked with outlining the
"business strategy, sales, marketing and engineering efforts for Windows Live,
Search and MSN."
That job is currently the responsibility of Steve Berkowitz,
senior vice president of Microsoft's Online Business Group, who announced that
he's leaving the company in August of 2008. Berkowitz has headed the Online Business
Group since 2006; prior to that, he was head of InterActiveCorp. A Microsoft
spokesperson said through an e-mail that Berkowitz decided to leave and pursue
new opportunities just as the company begins to "re-align the businesses."
Nadella, Veghte and McAndrews will report to Kevin Johnson, president of Platforms
While unrelated, the reorganization does come on the heels of Microsoft's bid
to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion.
Among other notable promotions listed on the press release:
- Andy Lees is moving from corporate vice president of Server and Tools Marketing
to senior vice president of Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business. He
fills a role being vacated by Pieter Knook, who left the company to "pursue
new opportunities," according to the release.
- Scott Guthrie steps up from general manager in the Developer Division to
corporate vice president of the .NET Developer Platform.
- Roz Ho steps up from managing the Entertainment and Devices Division to
corporate vice president of Premium Mobile Offerings. The promotion means
Ho will lead the effort to integrate newly acquired Danger Inc., which was
announced earlier this week.
For a complete list, read Microsoft's press release here.