Microsoft Names Office Unit’s Teper to Head Corporate Strategy

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) named Jeff Teper, a former Office software vice president who helped guide that unit’s transition to Web-based products, as head of corporate strategy to work in areas such as acquisitions and development.

Teper was promoted last month, and the company hasn’t announced his replacement in the Office group, said Peter Wootton, a spokesman for Microsoft. Teper reports to Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood.

Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, who took the helm in February, has been lining up his executive team over the past several months as he focuses on mobile and cloud computing. In March, Nadella hired Mark Penn as chief strategy officer to provide data to inform product decisions, and put Phil Spencer at the helm of Xbox. Scott Guthrie got Nadella’s prior job, overseeing cloud and enterprise software.

In a February interview, Teper said he was the one who hired Nadella to work at Microsoft. Nadella had been working at Sun Microsystems Inc., and Teper’s team was looking for someone to help persuade developers to move from Sun’s server operating system to Windows NT, he said.

Teper has been among the Office executives working to move the popular word-processing and spreadsheet programs to cloud-based offerings that are updated constantly rather than released in a package every three years. Prior to that, Teper led the development of the SharePoint server product, once Microsoft’s fastest-growing piece of software by sales.

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