Microsoft Announces Leadership Changes to Drive Next Wave of Products

    Microsoft Announces Leadership Changes to Drive Next Wave of Products

Steven Sinofsky to leave the company; Windows executives Julie Larson-Green
and Tami Reller take expanded roles.

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 12, 2012

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Microsoft Corp. today announced
that Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky will be leaving the
company and that Julie Larson-Green will be promoted to lead all Windows
software and hardware engineering. Tami Reller retains her roles as chief
financial officer and chief marketing officer and will assume responsibility
for the business of Windows. Both executives will report directly to Microsoft
CEO Steve Ballmer.


These changes are effective immediately.

"I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the
company," Ballmer said. "The products and services we have delivered to the
market in the past few months mark the launch of a new era at Microsoft. We've
built an incredible foundation with new releases of Microsoft Office, Windows
8, Windows Phone 8, Microsoft Surface, Windows Server 2012 and 'Halo 4,' and
great integration of services such as Bing, Skype and Xbox across all our
products. To continue this success it is imperative that we continue to drive
alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid
development cycles for our offerings."

"It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at
Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I
have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company," Sinofsky

Since 1993, Larson-Green has worked on and led some of the most successful
products for Microsoft, including the user experiences for early versions of
Internet Explorer, and helped drive the thinking behind the refresh of the
user experience for Microsoft Office. For Windows 7 and Windows 8 she was
responsible for program management, user interface design and research, as
well as development of all international releases. She has a master's degree
in software engineering from Seattle University and a bachelor's degree in
business administration from Western Washington University. In her new role
she will be responsible for all future Windows product development in addition
to future hardware opportunities.

"Leading Windows engineering is an incredible challenge and opportunity, and
as I looked at the technical and business skills required to continue our
Windows trajectory — great communication skills, a proven ability to work
across product groups, strong design, deep technical expertise, and a history
of anticipating and meeting customer needs — it was clear to me that Julie is
the best possible person for this job, and I'm excited to have her in this
role," Ballmer said.

Reller joined Windows in 2007 from the Microsoft Dynamics Division where she
held a number of leadership positions. She began her career in technology at
Great Plains Software in 1984 while still in college, and was the company's
chief financial officer at the time the company was acquired by Microsoft in
2001. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Minnesota State
University Moorhead and an MBA from St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. In
her expanded role she will assume the lead in driving business and marketing
strategy for Windows devices, including Surface and partner devices, in
addition to her current marketing and finance responsibilities.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

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