Microsoft?s new CEO Satya Nadella, reshuffles senior ranks

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Microsoft, through its new CEO Satya Nadella, on Monday named three executives to its cloud, devices and Xbox gaming divisions.

On an email sent by new CEO Satya Nadella to employees, ?on tuning the organization, Nadella wrote:

First, I am pleased to announce that after his two months as acting leader for the Cloud and Enterprise organization, I have promoted Scott Guthrie to Executive Vice President, where he will continue to lead and drive the organization. As you know, Scott has been a very public and passionate evangelist for many of our most important developer and infrastructure businesses.

Next, I have asked Phil Spencer to take on a new role leading Xbox, combining the Xbox and Xbox Live development teams with the Microsoft Studios team. Phil will report to Terry Myerson, allowing us to keep gaming close to the group developing operating systems across devices. In this new job, Phil will lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox Video teams, and Microsoft Studios.

Finally, effective with the close of our deal with Nokia, Stephen Elop will join Microsoft as Executive Vice President, Microsoft Devices Group, reporting to me. We expect to close the acquisition by the end of April 2014. I?ve had a chance to work closely with Stephen, when he was previously a senior leader with Microsoft, as a key partner during his tenure as Nokia CEO, and again in the last several months as we?ve worked through the initial stages of integration planning. I look forward to working with Stephen as a key member of the senior leadership team and welcoming the Nokia Devices and Services employees to the Microsoft family.

Nadella added that this move is needed to thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. The new CEO said that Guthrie has made critical contributions to .NET and other pivotal technologies that help power the Microsoft ecosystem today. Guthrie also has been the driver behind the unprecedented growth of Microsoft Azure.

?Scott has shown incredible energy and insight into how we create technology that others can build on, and which can be built on what others have created,? Nadella wrote.

Moreover, Nadella stated they expect to do great work across the Xbox business, and bring more of the magic of Xbox to all form factors, including tablets, PCs and phones with Spencer being appointed as the new head of Xbox team.

?Phil will continue his close partnership with Yusuf Mehdi, who leads business strategy and marketing for Xbox, George Peckham, who heads up third-party partnerships and Mike Angiulo, who will continue leading Xbox hardware. I love the way the Xbox team is focused on great games and gaming experiences (go, ?Titanfall?!), connects with its fans, pushes the boundary of entertainment and has embraced the power of the cloud in such interesting and impactful ways. Phil is the right person to lead Xbox forward.?

Furthermore, Nadella said, ?Stephen will partner closely with Phil and Terry on Xbox and will bring together many of the top leaders from his existing Nokia Devices and Services organization as well as the current leaders of the Devices and Studios team.?

This ?tuning? of organization, as Nadella said, is part of what he said on his first day as CEO: ?we need to do everything possible to thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.?


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