Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011

Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011

Summary: Microsoft veteran and Server & Tools Business (STB) President Bob Muglia is leaving Microsoft, according to an email that CEO Steve Ballmer sent to employees on January 10.

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Microsoft veteran and Server & Tools Business (STB) President Bob Muglia is leaving Microsoft, according to an email that CEO Steve Ballmer sent to employees on January 10.

From Ballmer's email:

"The best time to think about change is when you are in a position of strength, and that’s where we are today with STB – leading the server business, successful with our developer tools, and poised to lead the rapidly emerging cloud future.  Bob Muglia and I have been talking about the overall business and what is needed to accelerate our growth. In this context, I have decided that now is the time to put new leadership in place for STB. This is simply recognition that all businesses go through cycles and need new and different talent to manage through those cycles. Bob has been a phenomenal partner throughout this process, and he and his leadership team have the right strategy in place.

"In conjunction with this leadership change, Bob has decided to leave Microsoft this summer. He will continue to actively run STB as I conduct an internal and external search for the new leader.  Bob will onboard the new leader and will also complete additional projects for me.

"Bob has been a founder and leader of our server business from its earliest inception.  He has led our Developer, Office, and Mobile Devices Divisions, and key parts of Windows NT and our Online Services business.  I’ve worked with him in many capacities over the years and I’ve always appreciated his customer focus, technical depth, people leadership skills, and his positive energy. I want to thank Bob for his hard work, many accomplishments, and his focus on putting Microsoft first for 23 years."

Microsoft is conducting an internal and external search for Muglia's replacement and hopes to have something to announce "sooner rather than later," I hear.

Ballmer appointed Muglia one of four Microsoft presidents in January of 2009. (The other remaining Presidents are Steven Sinofsky, head of Windows and Windows Live; Qi Lu, head of Microsoft's Online Services division; Andy Lees, head of the Mobile Communications Business; Kurt DelBene, head of the Business Division; and Don Matrick, head of the Interactive Entertainment Business.)

Update: As others have noted, it does make it sound as though Muglia was unhappy with some pending Ballmer changes to the STB business and opted to leave. I don't agree with some comments I've seen claiming Muglia wasn't "on board" with Microsoft's increasing emphasis on the cloud. Muglia's been championing private and public cloud products and services from the company, and has done a lot to guide Microsoft's "All In" transition, from my vantage point.

Microsoft combined its cloud and server teams in December 2009, with Muglia continuing to head the STB. As part of that reorg, Microsoft’s Windows Azure chief Amitabh Srivastava began reporting directly to Muglia. Srivastava runs the unit that combines Windows Server and Windows Azure (codenamed RedDog) into the newly minted Server & Cloud Division.

I'm betting Srivastava becomes the new STB chief. Other guesses?

Topics: CXO, Microsoft, Servers

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011

    Someone strong in cloud is probably a safe bet!
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  • RE: Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011

    When is Ballmer leaving?
    Hasam1991
    • He needs to stay

      @Hasam1991

      He needs to finish up by finishing off Microsoft.... He shouldn't leave his job 1/2 done.
      itguy08
    • RE: Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011

      @Hasam1991
      Please, don't ask for that . We all need to Ballmer (and all agree with it -MS' fans and Open source people- incredibly).
      Marco nn
  • Jumping from the Sinking Ship...

    MS has no direction....
    itguy08
    • LOL! Just like Shuttleworth did, right?

      Oh, that's different because it's not MS.

      It looks like you trolls are here to stay.
      AllKnowingAllSeeing
      • RE: Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011

        @AllKnowingAllSeeing OUCH!
        ItsTheBottomLine
    • RE: Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011

      @itguy08 <br>MS HAS direction, we could differ only if towards the cima=abyss or the sima=top.(in spanish sounds better)<br>My vote is for the cima...
      Marco nn
  • RE: Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011

    Another rat leaving the sinking ship.
    james347
    • RE: Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011

      @james347
      exactly my thought!
      Linux Geek
      • RE: Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011

        @Linux Geek I bet YOU see yourself taking his position though.
        pupkin_z
      • RE: Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011

        @pupkin_z LOL!
        ItsTheBottomLine
  • When last one leaves...

    ...please turn of the lights!
    gnufreex
  • Decided to replace a successful exec

    But didn't have a successor in mind. Ok, sure. That's plausible if it's Ballmer.

    More likely Bob made a play for the big chair and failed, or Sinofsky was picked for it and Bob's lost that loving feeling.
    symbolset
  • Please, let it be SCOTT GUTHRIE!!

    Scott is the #1 Microsoft employee, IMHO, and would make the perfect leader for STB!

    From a selfish standpoint, it would probably remove Scott further from developers, which would be sad, but Scott is truly the ideal candidate for one of the most crucial departments in Microsoft.

    Probably the most diligent and hard-working Microsoft employee I have ever interacted with.
    Speednet