Former Nokia top honcho, and Microsoft?s Executive Vice President, Stephen Elop, steps down from his post Wedenesday, announced Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
His retirement was disclosed via an e-mail circulated among employees, and was said to be part of the company?s Senior Leadership Team alignment strategy. His post as head of the Microsoft Devices Group (MDG), will now be taken over by Terry Myerson, Microsoft Operating Systems Chief. The business unit will also be renamed the Windows and Devices Group (WDG).
The change draws Microsoft?s move to strengthen the engineering aspect of the company by improving the synergy of their devices and software ? a big step before the official launch of the game-changing Windows 10 this July.
This move is also said to be a result of Elop?s failure to make Windows phones popular in the market. The former executive, who was once seen as the successor of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, made unpopular headlines last year for sending out a highly-positive e-mail, only to announce the layoff of more than 12,000 employees near the end.
Nadella recognized Elop?s leadership as a ?strong advocate of the need to drive focus and accountability around the delivery of these experiences and has helped drive tighter alignment toward the ambition of more personal computing.? However, with the structural change, ?Stephen and I have agreed that now is the right time for him to retire from Microsoft.?
Elop?s retirement is one of the few surprising changes, which shook the Tech Industry this month. Earlier this June, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, also stepped down?from his post.