Microsoft's Nadella reshuffles senior ranks

SAN FRANCISCO Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:50pm EDT

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at a Microsoft event in San Francisco, California March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at a Microsoft event in San Francisco, California March 27, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

Related Topics

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Monday named three executives to its cloud, devices and Xbox gaming divisions in one of new Chief Executive Satya Nadella's first management shakeups.

In a public email, the world's largest software maker promoted Scott Guthrie to head of the cloud and enterprise group, the $20 billion division that Nadella helmed before replacing Steve Ballmer as CEO in February.

Former Nokia Oyj chief executive Stephen Elop - at one time considered a candidate to replace Ballmer - will join Microsoft as executive vice president of the devices group, reporting to Nadella, after Microsoft closes its $7.2 billion acquisition of the Finnish device manufacturer. The two companies announced the transaction in September.

Microsoft also named Phil Spencer to lead its Xbox operation, reporting to operating systems group chief Terry Myerson. As the head of hardware, Elop will also play a role in developing the Xbox, Nadella said in the memo.

Speculation has mounted for years over the fate of the Xbox business, which has been deemed a potential candidate for a spin-off by some analysts and Microsoft insiders. Bloomberg reported last year during the CEO search that Elop, then the front-runner to replace Ballmer, favored a sale himself, although his thinking may have evolved since.

Nadella, who unveiled Office for Apple mobile devices at his first public appearance last week, signaled that he would shift the company's emphasis away from prioritizing its Windows operating system at the expense of other initiatives.

"As I said on my first day, we need to do everything possible to thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world," Nadella said in an email. "The announcements last week, our news this week, the Nokia acquisition closing soon, and the leaders and teams we are putting in place are all great first steps in making this happen."

(Reporting by Gerry Shih; editing by Andrew Hay)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (2)
tmc wrote:
Keep shuffling those deck chairs.

Mar 31, 2014 5:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Butch_from_PA wrote:
They need a much better shake up than a shuffle. Their marketing is terrible. Even with the best phone hardware on the planet – they have next to zero adoptions from the mobile developing community.

Saying the word “Microsoft” does not sell Microsoft anymore.

Mar 31, 2014 6:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.