There is no hiding that Microsoft is a very large company which is always in the public eye (perhaps thanks to always watchful websites like WinBeta!) So, when internal changes happen at the Redmond giant, we notice. One of those changes has just occurred and Albert Shum, Windows & Devices design GM, has just been promoted to Vice President at Microsoft.
So excited! Privileged to be at Albert Shum's promotion to VP at Microsoft. Design IQ behind Zune and Windows Phone. pic.twitter.com/budXCNHOof
— Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) July 28, 2016
As seen above, the change in position was tweeted out by another VP at Microsoft, Gabriel Aul. As Gabe notes, prior to his new position, Albert Shum was the design IQ behind Zune and Windows Phone, from January 2008 to October 2013. According to Shum's LinkedIn, he lead a team of Interaction, Visual, Motion & Industrial Designers, Design Program Managers, Design Researchers and Design Integrators in crafting the overall UX design of Microsoft mobile experiences for Windows Phone.
Shum also has other experience at Microsoft, including his October 2013- present work to lead overall Microsoft OS UX design and content work on Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, and Cloud Services. Lastly, from June 2007-January 2008, (his first tenure at Microsoft) his duties involved managing a team of UX designers and Experience Producers.
Prior to Microsoft, Albert Shum worked for Nike from March 1996 to June 2002 in a variety of positions. These positions ranged from an Advance Product Designer, Program Manager, Business Director, and New Business Innovation Director. When it comes to his education, he holds a Masters of Product Design from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He also attended the the General Management Program from Harvard Business School.
So, congratulations, Albert! Let us know your thoughts and reflections on this internal change at Microsoft by dropping us a comment below!