A year ago, I wondered when and whether Microsoft would make Bob Muglia, head of the company's Server and Tools business, one of the company's presidents.
On January 5, 2009, that happened. Muglia is now President of Server and Tools (not of the overall Windows business, as I had speculated originally). The other two Microsoft presidents are Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices unit, and Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft's Business Division.
It's just the start of Microsoft reorg season. Stay tuned. With all of the ongoing talk of consolidation, perhaps we'll see a new Microsoft corporate structure take shape....
Today's e-mail from CEO Steve Ballmer to the troops:
From: Steve Ballmer Sent: Monday, January 05, 2009 2:52 PM To: Server and Tools Business - FTEs Cc: Executive Staff Subject: Bob Muglia Promoted to President, Server & Tools Business
The core of our success at Microsoft has always been great people—people who combine talent, drive, vision, customer focus, and leadership. These are the qualities that enable us to see our opportunities clearly and pursue them with persistence and discipline.
Few people at Microsoft embody these qualities more fully than Bob Muglia, and few people have contributed more to the company’s success. So today, I am pleased to share the news that Bob has been promoted to President of Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business.
As senior vice president of STB, Bob has established Microsoft as the industry leader in providing great server products to companies of all sizes and in delivering the tools that enable developers and IT pros to build optimized solutions for their customers and companies. In the process, he has helped build a remarkably successful business that has grown from virtually nothing a decade ago to more than $13 billion in FY08. Today, STB accounts for more than 20 percent of the company’s total revenue.
More than that, Bob has built a culture of getting things done and done right. He has championed some of our most important initiatives and helped us successfully face some of our most important competitive challenges.
Bob joined Microsoft 21 years ago, in January of 1988. I can think of no better way to acknowledge the importance of his contribution over the last two decades than to extend my congratulations to him for his new title. As always, I look forward to continuing to work closely with Bob to drive further growth for STB and the entire company.