Julie Larson-Green a longtime Microsoft veteran and current Chief Experience Officer at the Office Experience Organization is stepping down from her executive role due to health reasons. According to The Information who reported the news yesterday, Larson-Green's decision was announced in an internal email last month, where the exec said that she will continue her role as CXO to work on "cross-company initiatives" (via GeekWire).
Larson-Green is currently recovering from spinal cord surgery, and she explained in a statement released yesterday that stepping back was "a very difficult choice." She added:
It’s been challenging to continue to lead the Office Experience Organization and dedicate the required time to my rehabilitation. It’s going to take some time for my recovery from my spinal surgery but I’m excited to continue to represent Microsoft and push the boundaries of how the company reimagines productivity.
After joining the company back in 1993, Larson-Green quickly climbed the ranks to lead Microsoft's Devices and Studios Group and the Windows Division. In 2014, she was promoted to CXO for the company's Applications and Services Group and started to assume the same role at the Office Experience Organization two years later. “I want the best for the team and know everyone will continue to deliver on our vision for Office," she said in the statement.