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Microsoft HR chief Lisa Brummel to retire, succeeded by Windows Services head Kathleen Hogan

Longtime Microsoft HR chief Lisa Brummel to retire, will be succeeded by Windows Services head Kathleen Hogan

A long time Microsoft veteran is retiring from the company. Lisa Brummel, the human resources chief led the company through a series of changes in HR practices is retiring at the end of the year. She will be replaced by Kathleen Hogan, who currently spearheads Microsoft Services.

In her 25-year stay with the company, Brummel, who is also part-owner of Seattle Storm, held a variety of roles in management and marketing in a number of divisions including Microsoft’s hardware, consumer, and productivity business. She joined the company in 1989 after completing a master’s in business administration from UCLA.

Brummel will be succeeded by Kathleen Hogan, who currently spearheads Microsoft Services. The Microsoft Services division has about 21,000 employees, and is the largest single division inside the company. Before joining Microsoft in 2003, Hogan worked with Oracle and McKinsey consulting firm.

“Kathleen is an accomplished, well-respected and well-rounded leader who obsesses over our customers and is motivated by people’s passion for how technology can change the world,” Nadella said. “She is the right person to continue pushing our cultural transformation forward, and she will ensure Microsoft remains the best, most inclusive place to work.”

Hogan will take charge of the new position on November 28 and report directly to CEO Satya Nadella. She will have Brummel to assist her with the transition through the end of the year. 

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