Microsoft's IE chief to take on a new role

Microsoft's IE chief to take on a new role

Summary: Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of IE, Dean Hachamovitch, is taking on a new role on an unspecified team at the company.


Dean Hachamovitch, the Corporate Vice President of Internet Explorer, is taking on a new role at the company.

Hachamovitch is taking on a new job on a new, unspecified team after working on IE for the past nine years, he blogged on November 11.

"I’m changing roles at Microsoft, and excited to start a new team to take on something new," Hachamovitch said in his post.

I asked Microsoft officials if they're commenting on his next position or who will take his place heading up IE. A spokesperson said Microsoft execs had no comment beyond Hachamovitch's blog post, in which he noted he is leaving his post as Corporate Vice President of IE.

Update: One of my sources said that there will no longer be a single "chief" of IE in the new, post-reorg world order.

Update No. 2 (November 12): Two of my sources have said Hachamovitch is moving to a new data sciences team inside the company. One of those sources says this will be a team that dissects Microsoft telemetry data from across the company to improve products and make predictive decisions about strategic direction.

Hachomovitch's move isn't unexpected. Terry Myerson, the head of Microsoft's new unified operating system division, is putting his own core team in place. The unified operating system engineering unit encompasses Windows Phone, Windows/IE, SkyDrive and the Xbox One operating system.

In Myerson's new org, David Treadwell is the new head of program management; Mike Fortin is the new head of test; and Henry Sanders is the new head of development. Treadwell was most recently on XboxFortin on Windows and Sanders on Windows Phone.

Many of the Windows leaders who reported to Steven Sinofsky when he ran the Windows business up until a year ago have moved to other divisions and/or are seeking new positions (possibly in other parts of the company).

Microsoft is continuing to forge ahead with IE. Just last week, Microsoft made available the release-to-Web version of IE11 for Windows 7.


Topics: Browser, Microsoft, Windows


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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  • IE has been greatly improved under Dean's leadership

    Info Dave
    • Are you kidding?

      IE has lost market share and fallen behind competing browsers under Dean's leadership. He's been there over 10 years now, and should have been gone way before this. Another reason the company has declined.
  • he's been 'promoted'

    and is probably about now being sent to the 'overseas office' (Siberia outpost, MS Russia) for a little meeting with the 'board of re-education', following this latest drive-by security exploit, courtesy of IE.
  • NINE YEARS????

    So the same guy who gave us the great IE10 and IE11 browsers was the same guy that let it fall into mediocrity through IE8?
    • No.

      Dean was responsible for re-forming a brand new IE team after Microsoft allowed the IE team to disband after shipping IE6 SP2.

      He did a great job of rebuilding a team that had to learn and radically improve the existing IE Trident rendering engine and build an entirely new hardware accelerated "Chakra" JavaScript engine. He ultimately led IE's sandboxing and security efforts.

      That said, Microsoft CLEARLY needs to increase the pace at which it releases updates to IE so that perf and security improvements and the evolving HTML5/CSS5/JS6 standards get better support through a more rapid, incremental release cadence.

      I wish Dean every success in his future role and can't wait to see what he's creating :D
      • I actually think IE has the release cadence right

        Firefox was seeing some takeup in business until they decided to match Google's Chrome update output (and thus breaking half the extensions everyone in dev shops used every six weeks.)

        Businesses can't do major rollouts every six weeks. Internet and Intranet sites have to be checked, and carefully. I was amazed, for instance, at how much .NET stuff just breaks in IE11, because older sites rely on browser cap files and IE11 does not have MSIE in the useragent string anymore, so goes unrecognized. So it may take months for firms to be ready for IE11, and I'm sure they won't want to have to re-go at that effort as soon as they are done.

        HTML5 itself seems to be going along at a fairly glacial pace - after years of talking about it, it won't become a rec for another year yet. There's time to keep up.
  • Like the gubment

    A corporate vice president? For IE? What, do they have an AVP for the Calculator, and another one for Notepad?

    Is this some secret Ballmer scheme for handing out high-falutin' titles instead of raising salaries?
    Robert Hahn
    • IE is a big thing

      Microsoft has spent a lot of money on IE in two ways in the last decade or so:
      1) Paying off various governments for their overly aggressive IE/Windows efforts in the 1990s
      2) Playing catch-up with first Firefox and then Chrome

      Corporate VP at Microsoft is the "entry-level" VP job - like a one star general. Go walk into a bank or an insurance company and count how many folks have VP in their title. Microsoft has a lot of (perhaps too much) middle managment, but, by the standards of a 100k+ employee company, not that many VPs.
  • take the opportunity to tie a bow arounf IE and throw it overboard

    Just license Chrome from Google, include it in Windows and be done with it. Then all future browser issues belong to Google and browser updates come from Google. Close out the sad shameful existence of IE, turn out the lights and shut the door.
    • You would fit at Microsoft

      I heard MS is looking for the new CEO. Your great ideas would really help the company, I think ;)
  • You have to wonder about all these 2nd-tier changes

    made without a CEO. The new guy (does anyone really expect MS to pick a woman) is going to come in with a bunch of people in new, or at least recent, positions. Which, along with an on-going major company-wide restructuring isn't going to give the new CEO a lot of room to do anything other than manage people he didn't pick in positions with responsibilities he didn't define. Hard to see any experienced executive wanting any part of that.
    • Preparing for the new CEO

      Good leaders don't wait around for people above them to tell them what to do. Terry Myerson is setting up the operating system organization the way he believes it needs to be to achieve his vision. Anyone in Myerson's position who has his first meeting with the CEO and tells him/her, "Well, I haven't really done much, I was waiting for you to come on board so you could tell me what you wanted me to do!" would be on the next train out of Redmond. If Myerson can show the new CEO that he has a smoothly running organization achieving his vision for Windows, he's more likely to be left alone.
      • I don't disagree.

        My point was more along the lines of what experienced CEO wants to take over a company where all his lieutenants are already selected and a re-org he didn't plan is already underway?

        Imagine a sports coach agreeing to a long-term contract with a team where all his staff is set in stone and the playbook's already been written? The only coach who'd take that gig is a newbie who wants to learn the ropes in an established program. Do we really think Microsoft is a good place for a green CEO to learn the job?
        • What Experienced CEO. I Don't Know

          The one who wants the job that's offered.

          An outsider would be well advised to understand why the Reorg happened before saying he or she was the person for Microsoft's future. The way I see it, many remedies address symptoms, not causes. The underlying problems may remain and provide friction to implementing the new CEOs vision. Problems may not be the precise word. Let's call them the necessary costs of having succeeded for the first thirty years with a different focus than what the company's best minds think is the necessary for thriving in the future.

          Microsoft is looking for a leader who gets and wants to make this work. As to how the org-chart looks at the Corporate VP level, that stuff is not where the CEO is going to be involved with. Your football coach analogy is problematic because Microsoft does more with a deeper hierarchy and wider personnel base.
    • Made without a CEO?

      Ballmer's still CEO at the moment, so not sure what you meant by that.
      • Can you say "lame duck?"

        Although one could make the point with the shadow of Bill looming large from the Chairman's desk, Monkey Boy was always a bit of a lame duck.
  • In other news….

    An unspecified person is moving to an unspecified team to work on an unspecified project.
    The project will be denoted with an unspecified code name, and the delivery date for the unspecified project is, well, unspecified.
    • Sweet!

      What could go wrong.

      But I would guess that the project is obfuscated because it is a new direction or it obsolesces a current product.
  • There will no longer be a single "chief" of IE

    Just like no single IE works like the other, perhaps they need more chiefs to keep track of it all themselves. Worse, maybe they'll be coming out with IE12a, b, c, mobile, desktop, business, tablet versions, none of which work the same as each other.