Late last night, Re/Code reported that Microsoft Executive Vice President Qi Lu would be leaving the company, due to his ongoing recovery from a bicycle accident suffered some months ago. This morning, in an internal email to employees obtained by GeekWire, CEO Satya Nadella addressed Lu's situation:
Today, I want to share key senior leadership changes.
First, my friend and colleague Qi Lu has made a difficult and very personal decision to leave Microsoft to focus all his time on recovering from health conditions caused by a prior injury. Once Qi recovers, he will continue to serve as a personal advisor to Bill Gates and me. I wish Qi a full and fast recovery in the coming months, and want to thank him for all he has done for Microsoft.
Over the years, I’ve worked closely with Qi – first as an engineering leader within Bing, later as fellow members of the SLT, and most recently as he led ASG to new heights. The groundbreaking work Qi led during his eight years resulted in many product advances and built the foundation for future innovation across Microsoft. Qi exemplifies what it means to have a deep sense of mission, purpose and authenticity in everything one does. His greatest impact is the people he has inspired. I count myself among them.
The email goes on to announce the company's new AI and Research Group, led by Harry Shum.
Here's hoping that Qi Lu is ok and does indeed have a full and fast recovery.