Microsoft executive Antoine Leblond leaves the Microsoft after 25 years of service

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Longtime Windows and Office Executive Antoine Leblond is leaving the Microsoft this week after 25 years of service.

In an internal email from Antoine Leblond to Re/Code, Antoine Leblond wrote, ?after almost 25 years, I?ve decided it?s time for me to go out and see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer. Every single day I have had here has been amazing in its own way, I will never look back on all of these years with anything but fondness, pride in what we?ve accomplished together, and a real appreciation for having been lucky enough to be part of so many awesome things.?

Antoine Leblond was Microsoft?s Vice President for Windows Web Services. He had been in charged of quite a number of Microsoft products, including the Windows 8 store and the ecosystem around it, after previously working on Microsoft?s Office suite for a good 20 years. Leblond spent a lot of time working alongside Steven Sinofsky. He moved to the Windows division and helped develop the Windows Store and cloud services for Windows 8. “I am sad to leave all of you, but also incredibly excited for what comes next,” Leblond added.

Microsoft Massive Reorganization

Following the July announcement of massive reorganization, many were surprised that Leblond was nowhere to be found in the company?s leadership list.

It could be remembered that in an external email from then Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer to employees regarding changes in the senior leadership team at the company with the subject ?ONE MICROSOFT?, he wrote:

?Today, we are announcing a far-reaching realignment of the company that will enable us to innovate with greater speed, efficiency and capability in a fast changing world.

Organizing for Speed and Strategic Alignment

Specifically, our teams and their leaders will be these:

Operating Systems Engineering Group. Terry Myerson will lead this group, and it will span all our OS work for console, to mobile device, to PC, to back-end systems. The core cloud services for the operating system will be in this group.

Devices and Studios Engineering Group. Julie Larson-Green will lead this group and will have all hardware development and supply chain from the smallest to the largest devices we build. Julie will also take responsibility for our studios experiences including all games, music, video and other entertainment.

Applications and Services Engineering Group. Qi Lu will lead broad applications and services core technologies in productivity, communication, search and other information categories.

Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Group. Satya Nadella will lead development of our back-end technologies like datacenter, database and our specific technologies for enterprise IT scenarios and development tools. He will lead datacenter development, construction and operation.

Dynamics. Kirill Tatarinov will continue to run Dynamics as is, but his product leaders will dotted line report to Qi Lu, his marketing leader will dotted line report to Tami Reller and his sales leader will dotted line report to the COO group.

Advanced Strategy and Research Group. Eric Rudder will lead Research, Trustworthy Computing, teams focused on the intersection of technology and policy, and will drive our cross-company looks at key new technology trends.

Marketing Group. Tami Reller will lead all marketing with the field relationship as is today. Mark Penn will take a broad view of marketing strategy and will lead with Tami the newly centralized advertising and media functions.

COO. Kevin Turner will continue leading our worldwide sales, field marketing, services, support, and stores as well as IT, licensing and commercial operations.

Business Development and Evangelism Group. Tony Bates will focus on key partnerships especially our innovation partners (OEMs, silicon vendors, key developers, Yahoo, Nokia, etc.) and our broad work on evangelism and developer outreach. DPE, Corporate Strategy and the business development efforts formerly in the BGs will become part of this new group. OEM will remain in SMSG with Kevin Turner with a dotted line to Tony who will work closely with Nick Parker on key OEM relationships.

Finance Group. Amy Hood will centralize all product group finance organizations. SMSG finance, which is geographically diffuse, will report to Kevin Turner with a dotted line to Amy.

Legal and Corporate Affairs Group. Brad Smith will continue as General Counsel with responsibility for the company’s legal and corporate affairs and will map his team to the new organization.

HR Group. Lisa Brummel will lead Human Resources and map her team to the new organization.


Now that Satya Nadella has become the company?s CEO, everything in the said ?One Microsoft? announcement seems to be taking place and those executives who were passed over for the CEO role and those who lost power are starting to leave the company.

With Terry Myerson in charge of Windows, three Windows executives sidelined without jobs, namely: Jon DeVaan, Grant George, and Antoine Leblond. DeVann and George left last year. All these three sidelined executives worked had very closely with former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky, and his ousting has shaken up the Windows division fully.

Report also said that the Microsoft had confirmed the news of Leblond’s departure from the company.

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