Microsoft exec Andy Lees goes on leave; will return with new position

Microsoft executive Andy Lees is apparently a man who can't quite find what he should do in Redmond. In December 2012, he left as head of the Windows Phone division to work on what Microsoft called a "a time-critical opportunity" that involved Windows Phone and Windows 8.

As part of that job, Lees helped to develop the Barnes and Noble Windows 8 app. In November, he got yet another gig at Microsoft, this time as its head of corporate development and strategy.

Now it looks like that job was not for Lees. After just seven months, he has decided to depart that position in Microsoft for something else. AllThingsD.com reports that Lees will take a break to be with his family in the UK but will return to Microsoft in his new but unnamed role this summer.

It's unknown if this new move by Lees is related to previous rumors that Microsoft could be getting ready to launch a major restructuring. The rumors claim that the company could cut down its formal divisions from eight to just four. There's no word if these moves might also mean Microsoft could lay off workers once the changes are approved.

Source: AllThingsD.com | Image via Microsoft

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If he is responsible for the current Windows-8 debacle, Microsoft had best be very careful about where they put him upon his return. Revolutions are always risky, with a high failure rate. Someone else is needed to fix the mess. An evolution is needed--yes, much less risky, but a much higher degree of success. Windows-9 could easily be the evolution needed from Windows-7.

It look like the wired group at Microsoft that keep saying "The Desktop features" of Windows 7 are not coming back, it looks like this group is starting to go away and not coming back

I dislike Andy Lees for being the driving force behind J Allard being forced out from Microsoft.

Microsoft lost a lot of vision and talent with J Allard, and Andy Lees has managed to accomplish very little with such a high title at Microsoft.

The fact that he couldn't even last a full year at his new position truly speaks to his ability to lead and innovate.

This is standard in most of today's top companies. The Corporate strategists and consultant companies are all pitching streamlining services and products and divisions.

I would also think that this WILL result in a leaner (think money savings) employee base, as consolidation always looks to remove the 'lesser' performers in light of ending redundant groups and teams.

Though, when a person looks to be spending time with family, it usually means that there was a disagreement or head-butting with management or at least someone up above. Letting them come back later means that there may be a contract with time left that they don't want to totally burn, and are waiting to see what comes of the new structure.

Microsoft has lost its way, with WP8, Windows 8, Win RT, Surface, Zune and now xbox one. Its as if all the execs in the company got together a couple of years ago and said "how can we bring down this monster we've created". Job done! they are now deserting the sinking ship.

dvb2000 said,
Microsoft has lost its way, with WP8, Windows 8, Win RT, Surface, Zune and now xbox one. Its as if all the execs in the company got together a couple of years ago and said "how can we bring down this monster we've created". Job done! they are now deserting the sinking ship.

I love my Windows Phone and I love my Surface RT with Windows 8. Mainly because its not the executives that made them. They are products of love from designers, engineers and innovators.

IMO the Xbox One is different because the decision to block second hand games and online checks doesnt come from a designer. But besides the Xbox One I like the new Microsoft. Their products are cool and are fun to use.