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Nadella 'tunes' Microsoft, announces 3 leadership changes




NEW DELHI: In an email to Microsoft employees, company CEO Satya Nadella announced three leadership changes in a bid to "tune our organization for maximum focus and impact".

Nadella said that Scott Guthrie, who was the acting leader for Cloud and Enterprise division after he left to become the CEO, has been promoted to executive vice president. Guthrie will continue to look after the Cloud and Enterprise division.

Xbox division too has a leadership change. Phil Spencer will now take care of Xbox and Xbox Live teams and will report to Terry Myerson, who is currently responsible for teams looking after operating systems. The move is likely to deepen the partnership of Xbox division with the Windows team and is likely to be crucial for Microsoft to achieve its vision of "seamless experience" for users across Microsoft products and services.

The move also comes days after long-time executive Marc Whitten, who was the chief product officer at Xbox, left the company.

In his email, Nadella also confirmed that "Stephen Elop will join Microsoft as executive vice president, Microsoft Devices Group," and report to him after the deal with Nokia concludes by the end of this month. "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," wrote Nadella.

Incidentally, before Microsoft confirmed Nadella as its new CEO, Elop was reportedly in the running for the post.

After taking over from Ballmer, Nadella is making changes in the top leadership of Microsoft in a bid to shape the organization in his vision.

"Recently, I've discussed with the Microsoft leadership team the need to zero in on what truly makes Microsoft unique. As I said on my first day, we need to do everything possible to thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. The announcements last week (MS Office for iPad), our news this week (the leadership changes), the Nokia acquisition closing soon, and the leaders and teams we are putting in place are all great first steps in making this happen," Nadella wrote in his email. "There's a lot of work ahead of us and I am counting on every single one of you to bring your 'A' game every single day."

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