Former Windows Phone chief has a new role at Microsoft

The past few weeks have been a blur for the technical world. Events from each of the big three of Apple, Google and Microsoft, along with the launch of the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 products, the iPad Mini and fourth gen iPad, and the high profile departures at Apple and Microsoft, most recently Steve Sinofsky.

In the wake of this executive edition of musical chairs, Andy Lees, who only a year ago was the head of the Windows Phone division at Microsoft, has been installed as the head of corporate development and strategy.

Lees was removed from the Windows Phone top job in December of last year, but has been working on a specific role, “a time-critical opportunity focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8”, for the past 11 months. He’s also getting a new boss in the process, reporting to chief financial officer Peter Klein and not Steve Ballmer as he had been.

With Lees working on a deal to bring a Barnes & Noble reader app to Windows 8, Microsoft promised the application would launch imminently in October suggesting Lees work on the deal is done. He’s now free to assist with the overall corporate strategy and financial activities, and while not quite the exciting role that being the head of Windows Phone suggests, he will still play a major part in how Microsoft moves forward as a business and deals with the ever evolving landscape that IT brings.

It’s only fair to note that Lees oversaw both Windows Phone (success) and the Kin (failure) development. One out of two isn’t bad…..

Source and image: The Verge

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