Microsoft appoints Scott Guthrie new Cloud & Enterprise chief

Microsoft appoints Scott Guthrie new Cloud & Enterprise chief

Summary: ScottGu, the red-shirted Azure development lead, is the new head of Microsoft's Cloud & Enterprise division.


Who will succeed Satya Nadella as Microsoft's Cloud & Enterprise chief?


The answer to this question -- to which I was asked numerous times today following the announcement that Microsoft's new CEO will be Satya Nadella, who was head of Cloud & Enterprise -- is Scott Guthrie.

Yes. The red-shirted ScottGu is, for now, the "interim" Cloud & Enterprise Executive Vice President at Microsoft. I hear he's likely to be made the permanent one, as well, though no one is saying that in any official capacity for now.

Microsoft announced internally Guthrie's promotion on February 4, according to a company spokesperson.

Guthrie is a familiar figure to those who've followed Microsoft developer and cloud history.

Guthrie, known for wearing red polo shirts during his public Microsoft speaking appearances, moved from being the Corporate Vice President of the .Net platform in the Developer Division, to head the Azure Application Platform team in the Business Platform Division in May 2011. He has been a major advocate for developers and has made a priority integrating open-source tools and technologies into the Microsoft stack.

Nadella had quite a few direct reports, in addition to Guthrie, who was the Corporate Vice President of Azure Program Management, as a result of various reorgs. Among them were: Bill Laing, who was the Corporate Vice President (CVP) of Development for Windows and System Center; Brad Anderson, CVP of Program Management; Jason Zander CVP of Development for Windows Azure; Quentin Clark, CVP of Program Management for Microsoft's former Data Platform Group; Dave Campbell, who became the CTO of Microsoft's former Server & Tools division; and Jason Wilcox, the Corporate Vice President in charge of Test.

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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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  • yes, yes

    The tech side of Microsoft is solid, great leaders. What about advertising and marketing departments, any changes there?
    Sean Foley
  • Given that Guthrie was considered a candidate for CEO himself

    I'm guessing that Cloud & Enterprise will continued to be treated as a very important division.
    John L. Ries
    • Wish He Had Been

      I never heard anyone (but myself) arguing for that, but I'm glad there are others that think alike. Either way, more ScottGu is a great thing for Microsoft.
  • Yes. Right choice

    Ram U
  • Excellent Choice!

    Nothing more to say.
  • Natural leader...

    Scott is always impressive talking to a group. Articulate, knows what is talking about in extreme depth and is entertaining.
  • Scott Hanselman set for a promotion?

    Hanselman would be the natural choice to fill ScottGu's old position - but should he be kept in the developer division, or would he provide more value in the consumer/devices side of the business?
    • Not really...

      Scott Hanselman is a great face and personality for the .NET developer community, but he is not a business or technology leader. He plays an important role, but it is an individual one.

      He actually already reports through Scott many levels down - he is part of Azure.
  • Red shirt?

    Don't send him on the away team, Microsoft!
  • Related to Woody Guthrie?

  • Scott Codes in front of Audience of Developers

    Like other critical Microsoft players at Build, developers can expect to witness live coding during his demonstrations. All very impressive.

    And Scott is not afraid to go into the den of Open Software developers conferences, as part of Microsoft's support to open software initiatives.
  • Scott Gu to bring back Silverlight 6.0

    Ok its worth a Try

    Come on Guys, support me on this.....

    Lets get the best LOB Web experience back on the map, from the master himself.
    • SL rocks

      ScottGu is one of the most honest, hard-working, amazing people I've ever met. Very glad he is the one picked for this. And yes, Silverlight back again would be a great move at this point!