Two top Microsoft execs to leave in reshuffle: reports

Mon Mar 3, 2014 6:36am EST

Skype CEO Tony Bates speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Norbert von der Groeben

Skype CEO Tony Bates speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California July 6, 2011.

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(Reuters) - In the biggest management reshuffle at Microsoft Corp since Satya Nadella took over as its chief executive, two top executives, Tony Bates and Tami Reller, will leave the company while a former Clinton family aide will become its chief strategy officer, according to media reports.

Mark Penn, who will become chief strategy officer, will get a bigger hand in determining which markets Microsoft should be in and where it should be making further investments, the New York Times reported, citing a person briefed on the change.

Penn was an executive vice president at Microsoft overseeing advertising and strategy.

Bates, the former Skype CEO in charge of Microsoft's business development, will leave immediately, technology news site Re/code reported on Sunday citing unnamed sources.

Bates, who has also worked at Cisco Systems Inc, was considered one of the potential CEO candidates to succeed Steve Ballmer, who announced in August that he would retire.

Eric Rudder, head of advanced strategy, will temporarily take up Bates' duties and marketing executive Chris Capossela will replace Reller, the report said.

Reller, one of the top female executives at the company and co-head of Microsoft's Windows unit, will remain with the company for some time to help with the transition.

The report said Nadella, who was appointed CEO on February 4, told staff of the changes on Friday and the company plans to announce them publicly on Tuesday.

Microsoft declined to comment on the reports.

(Reporting by Varun Aggarwal and Nicola Leske, additional reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli and Gopakumar Warrier)

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Comments (3)
phoen2011 wrote:
Elop survives. He did such a good job (for Microsoft) at Nokia. I wonder how he can sleep at night.

Mar 03, 2014 7:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
GeorgeBMac wrote:
Microsoft was born and thrived under Gate’s marketing abilities. It never did have much to offer — always just smoke and mirrors.

Now we see the giant cloud slowly dissipating into the air…

Mar 03, 2014 8:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
gcf1965 wrote:
George says “…It never did have much to offer…” yet MS has around 90% market share in PCs, the worlds leading office suite for what 20 years or so? Plus scores more huge software titles and an expansion into the phone market. Without MS, we would be using quirky Apple machines running both software titles that have been developed for Apple or worse yet, we would see a competition of non uniform, non user friendly quasi operating systems like Linux. IMO, MS has been near exclusively responsible for the advent of personal computing, software use, and basic computer literacy; without MS, computers would be just another faddish passtime for the wealthy/nerdy population.

Mar 03, 2014 9:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
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