Stephen Elop out as Microsoft merges Windows and devices groups

Microsoft logoStephen Elop, the one-time Microsoft exec who left the company to become CEO of Nokia and then returned after overseeing the sale of Nokia's devices division to Redmond, is to leave Microsoft as a result of a reorganization.

On his return to the software giant, Elop took on the role of Vice President of the Microsoft Devices Group. That group is being merged into Operating Systems Group, forming a new Windows and Devices Group. This will be led by Terry Myerson, who previously led the OSG.

Stephen Elop

The Cloud and Enterprise (C+E) group, led by Scott Guthrie, is similarly expanding. The Business Services Division, which owns the Dynamics range of products, is being folded into C+E, and as such its leader, Kirill Tatarinov, is also leaving the company.

Eric Rudder, whose Microsoft bio indecisively describes him as both Vice President of Advanced Technology and Education, and Vice President of Advanced Strategy, is also leaving. The Education responsibility is moving to Qi Lu, as part of his Application and Services Group.

Mark Penn, the "Chief Insights Officer," will also be moving on from Microsoft in September, though the company says that this last departure is unrelated to the engineering group restructuring. The Wall Street Journal reports that he's starting a company that will invest in "digital marketing services." The new company, Stagwell Group, has raised $250 million in funding, with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer a core investor.

Source: Ars Technica

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