Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to leave Microsoft; new Windows and Devices Group formed

As many of you will know, Stephen Elop is the former CEO of Nokia that set the company on a course that ultimately led it to sell its devices and services business to Microsoft last year. But today, Microsoft announced that Elop is to leave the company, as part of a management shake-up.

Along with Elop, other departures include executives Kirill Tatarinov and Eric Rudder, while Chief Insights Officer Mark Penn is also leaving, although not as part of the restructuring changes.

But there will also be organizational changes as part of the 'realignment' that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced today. Terry Myerson will lead the newly formed Windows and Devices Group, bringing hardware and operating systems into the same division.

Nadella said today:

We are aligning our engineering efforts and capabilities to deliver on our strategy and, in particular, our three core ambitions. This change will enable us to deliver better products and services that our customers love at a more rapid pace.

Microsoft's Senior Leadership Team is now made up of twelve people:

  • Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer
  • Chris Capossela, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Kurt DelBene, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Planning
  • Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise
  • Amy Hood, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Kathleen Hogan, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
  • Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development
  • Qi Lu, Executive Vice President, Applications and Services Group
  • Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group
  • Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research
  • Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs
  • Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer

These management-level changes come after massive job cuts across the company's workforce over the last year or so, including thousands of layoffs around the world.

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