Microsoft Shuffles Executive Ranks by Combining Devices and Windows Units


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In a recent shakeup affecting the executive level, Microsoft announced that it would be combining its Devices and Windows business units into one under the guidance of Windows chief and Executive Vice President Terry Myerson. This move forces former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who was head of the Devices segment, out. The new unit will be dubbed “Windows and Devices Group,” or WDG for short.

In a company-wide email, CEO Satya Nadella broke the news, saying: "This new team brings together all the engineering capability required to drive breakthrough innovations that will propel the Windows ecosystem forward. This enables us to create new categories while generating enthusiasm and demand for Windows broadly."

In addition to combining the Windows and Devices segments, Microsoft has also whittled down the number of its major engineering groups from four to three.

CEO Nadella explains: "To better align our capabilities and, ultimately, deliver better products and services our customers love at a more rapid pace, I have decided to organize our engineering effort into three groups that work together to deliver on our strategy and ambitions.”

With the shuffle and consolidation of certain business units, Microsoft’s Senior Leadership Team now totals the following 12 executives:

  • 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

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