Readers who have been following the Windows and Surface space on Neowin in the past few years are well familiar with Panos Panay. Last year, the Microsoft executive was tapped to lead both the hardware and the Windows division, and now he has received another promotion, getting a seat at the company's senior leadership team.
This piece of news comes from Bloomberg, which reports that Panos Panay is now an executive vice president at Microsoft and a member of the senior leadership team, which means that he will be advising CEO and board director Satya Nadella on strategic decisions.
This move means that Windows will finally have a seat at the senior leadership table, which hasn't been the case since former Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson departed from the company in 2018. While Microsoft hasn't updated its list of Executive Officers recently, Panay will be joining Xbox chief Phil Spencer, cloud and AI guru Scott Guthrie, and more in advising the CEO as part of the senior leadership team.
This is Panay's second promotion in just over a year. In February 2020, the executive was entrusted to lead both the Windows and hardware division at Microsoft. While the company's Surface hardware has been struggling in the revenue department recently and the Surface Duo is also considered a flop, Panay's innovative approach to premium hardware is something that is worthy of respect, at the very least. Outside of Microsoft, the executive is also a member of Sonos' board of directors.