Microsoft have today confirmed that the company is planning a major reorganization. Steve Ballmer sent out a company-wide email earlier today confirming these plans, and explaining new roles and groups. Microsoft claims that while this is a big change, many key elements remain the same.
The reorg means selected employees will now run selected groups within the company, for example Terry Myerson is lead for the new operating systems group, and Julie Larson-Green is lead in the new devices and studios engineering group, meaning she is in charge of Surface, Xbox and so on.
Applications and Services Engineering will be lead by Qi Lu, Cloud and Enterprise Engineering by Satya Nadella, Dynamics by Kirill Tatarinov, Advanced Strategy and Research Group by Eric Rudder, Marketing by Tami Reller, COO by Kevin Turner, Business Development and Evangelism by Tony Bates, Finance by Amy Hood, Legal by Brad Smith and HR by Lisa Brummel.
“Going forward, our strategy will focus on creating a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at work and on the go, for the activities they value most,” said Steve Ballmer.
Here are the new roles for the company’s top executives, as indicated by Microsoft:
- Operating Systems Engineering Group. Terry Myerson will lead this group, and it will span Microsoft’s OS work for console, to mobile device, to PC, to back-end systems. The core cloud services for the operating system will be in this group.
- Devices and Studios Engineering Group. Julie Larson-Green will lead this group and will have all hardware development and supply chain from the smallest to the largest devices built. Larson-Green will also be responsible for games, music, video and other entertainment.
- Applications and Services Engineering Group. Qi Lu will lead broad applications and services core technologies in productivity, communication, search and other information categories.
- Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Group. Satya Nadella will lead development of back-end technologies like datacenter, database and specific technologies for enterprise IT scenarios and development tools. He will lead datacenter development, construction and operation.
- Dynamics. Kirill Tatarinov will continue to run Dynamics as is, but his product leaders will dotted line report to Qi Lu, his marketing leader will dotted line report to Tami Reller and his sales leader will dotted line report to the COO group.
- Advanced Strategy and Research Group. Eric Rudder will lead Research, Trustworthy Computing, teams focused on the intersection of technology and policy, and will drive cross-company looks at key new technology trends.
- Marketing Group. Tami Reller will lead all marketing with the field relationship as is today. Mark Penn will take a broad view of marketing strategy and will lead with Tami the newly centralized advertising and media functions.
- COO. Kevin Turner will continue leading worldwide sales, field marketing, services, support, and stores as well as IT, licensing and commercial operations.
- Business Development and Evangelism Group. Tony Bates will focus on key partnerships especially innovation partners (OEMs, silicon vendors, key developers, Yahoo, Nokia, etc.) and broad work on evangelism and developer outreach. DPE, Corporate Strategy and the business development efforts formerly in the BGs will become part of this new group. OEM will remain in SMSG with Kevin Turner with a dotted line to Tony who will work closely with Nick Parker on key OEM relationships.
- Finance Group. Amy Hood will centralize all product group finance organizations. SMSG finance, which is geographically diffuse, will report to Kevin Turner with a dotted line to Amy.
- Legal and Group Corporate Affairs Group. Brad Smith will continue as General Counsel with responsibility for the company’s legal and corporate affairs and will map his team to the new organization.
- HR Group. Lisa Brummel will lead Human Resources and map her team to the new organization.
You can check out the company-wide email from Steve Ballmer by hitting the source link below.Further reading: Microsoft, Steve Ballmer