Stephen Elop to lead Microsofts hardware division just as soon as hes back

Microsoft logoWhen Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's phone division closes, and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop returns to the employ of the Redmond firm, he will be made head of Microsoft's Devices and Studios group.

Julie Larson-Green, who currently heads D&S, will become "Chief Experience Officer" of the "My Life & Work" team as soon as Elop joins, according to an internal memo posted by TechCrunch. She'll be reporting to Qi Lu, head of Application and Services, rather than directly to CEO Satya Nadella, as she currently does. While this is arguably a demotion, it's a demotion that was already due to happen; were she not moving divisions, she would have been reporting to Stephen Elop anyway.

Stephen Elop

The Devices and Studios group is currently the home to both Xbox and Surface. When the Nokia acquisition is completed, it'll undergo a massive expansion, adding tens of thousands of employees along with Nokia's large, if not exactly thriving, phone business.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: game consoles, Microsoft, tablets

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