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Satya Nadella announces Microsoft leadership team changes, as Kevin Turner leaves company

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced several changes to the company's leadership team, following the departure of its Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner, who is leaving at the end of the month to become CEO of Citadel Securities.

In an all-hands email to Microsoft staff around the world, Nadella said that he has "made the decision to more deeply integrate the current SMSG [Sales, Marketing and Services Group] organization into the rest of Microsoft and form one unified leadership team."

Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner, who will be leaving Microsoft

"For the past year, Kevin and I have spoken a great deal about the transformation we are enabling our customers to drive," he said. "We have come a great distance, and we need to continue to reach for the next level of customer centricity and obsession in everything we do."

Nadella said that the following changes have come into immediate effect:

  • Judson Althoff will lead the Worldwide Commercial Business, which will focus on the commercial segments, inclusive of EPG, Public Sector, SMS&P, DX and Services.
  • Jean-Philippe Courtois will lead Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, which span all of Microsoft’s 13 areas across our North America and international businesses as well as the global Marketing and Operations organization.
  • Chris Capossela will lead the Worldwide Marketing and Consumer Business, which includes CCG, MSA and PSM, OEM, and Microsoft Retail Stores, in addition to his current worldwide marketing team.
  • Kurt DelBene will now also lead IT and Operations, in addition to Corporate Strategy.
  • Amy Hood will now also lead the current SMSG finance team and WWLP, in addition to the central finance team.

He added:

Jean-Philippe and Judson will report directly to me and join the senior leadership team starting today. Jean-Philippe will take full accountability for the Microsoft North America business also starting today, and Judson will remain as acting lead for day-to-day operations until a replacement for him is announced. Together they are working on a plan for the functions comprised in today’s Worldwide Marketing and Operations team, given it will span both of their organizations in the future.

Nadella also discussed Microsoft's need to adapt to a changing world, and to ensure that its global mission continues to provide "more solutions that are local in nature".

He went on to say that Microsoft "must do better at surfacing and trusting the insight from local teams on what it takes to drive our customers' success. At the same time, we must empower the local teams with world-class global support."

Source: Microsoft

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