MICROSOFT’S BALLMER MEMO ON CRAIG MUNDIE, ERIC RUDDER
(The following is a reformatted version of a memo issued by Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer. The memo was confirmed.)
Craig Mundie is taking on a new role as a Senior Advisor to me. Craig has spent the last six years as Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer - a role he was appointed to when Bill Gates retired. In his new role, Craig will continue his work with governments and policymakers around the world, and will additionally work closely with me and other SLT members on key strategic projects. Craig, who celebrated his 20th anniversary at Microsoft this month, plans to retire in 2014 after he turns 65.
Eric Rudder has taken on several of Craig’s groups over the past year and will now complete the transition by reporting directly to me and taking on full line responsibility for Microsoft Research, Trustworthy Computing, and the Technology Policy Group. Rick Rashid, Scott Charney and David Tennenhouse will join Amit Mital, KD Hallman and Wolfram Schulte in reporting to Eric, effective immediately. David Pritchard and his team will continue to report to Craig.
Over his career, Craig has brought great value to the groups and initiatives he has started and overseen and now brings that wealth of experience to his new role. Throughout his Microsoft career Craig’s been closely connected with MSR. The establishment of Trustworthy Computing changed how Microsoft and the entire computer industry thinks about security and privacy and the Technology Policy Group continues to help shape the long-term technology-policy landscape in ways that will give our future products a clear path in the marketplace. Craig has also been instrumental in building relationships with governments and policymakers around the world.
I look forward to working with Eric on a broader scope of the company’s businesses and partnering closely with Craig on the company’s future opportunities.