As in all organizations, changes occur as executives move on to better opportunities (as in the cases of Brad Anderson and Julia White), or to retirement, as in the case of Executive Vice President Kurt DelBene, who will be leaving Microsoft at the end of the fiscal year in June.
DelBene is a long time Microsoft veteran, joining the company in 1992, where he rose to eventually lead engineering and marketing for Office. As Mary Jo Foley notes, he left the company in 2013, first to help fix the Affordable Care Act website as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and then spent some time with Madrona Ventures Group, a venture capital firm based in Seattle.
DelBene then came back to the company in 2015 in a new role leading Corporate Strategy and Core Services Engineering. Most recently, he's been leading work Microsoft's COVID-19 response, where he will stay until his retirement at the end of June.
In an email to employees today, CEO Satya Nadella explained that DelBene's position will not be replaced, according to Foley:
According to Nadella, Core Services Engineering and Digital Security and Risk Engineering will transition to Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie's Cloud and AI organization. Microsoft Business Operations is moving to Finance under Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood. And Corporate Strategy will become part of new Business Development Chief Chris Young's organization.
Although changes are to be expected, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft Senior Leadership team evolves heading into the new fiscal year.