Juniper Networks adds former Microsoft president Muglia to the management ranks

This week, Juniper Networks announced that it is adding another former Redmondian to its roster: Former Server and Tools President Bob Muglia
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

VMWare isn't the only tech company that's becoming a magnet for former high-ranking Microsoft execs. Juniper Networks also has attracted a number of ex-Softies.

This week, Juniper announced that it is adding another former Redmondian to its roster: Former Server and Tools President Bob Muglia (as reported by AllThingsD). Muglia is going to be Juniper's Executive Vice President of Software.

"In this newly created role, Muglia will oversee the company's end-to-end software strategy and lead the newly formed Software Solutions Division," says the Juniper press release. He reports directly to Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson.

Muglia had been the head of Microsoft's increasingly powerful and successful Server and Tools Business (STB) unit, until he resigned from the company a few months ago. Muglia left amid rumors that he was unhappy with some pending changes to the STB business by CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer appointed former Online Services Division Engineering chief Satya Nadella to the top post in STB in Muglia's stead.

The No.2 ranking exec in STB, Amitabh Srivastava, also resigned shortly after Muglia after allegedly being passed over for the President spot that went to Nadella. Srivastava recently accepted a job as President of EMC's Advanced Storage Division. (EMC owns 80 percent of Microsoft cloud rival VMWare.)

Other Softies working at Juniper include Kevin Johnson, who is CEO there and was formerly President of Microsoft's Platforms and Services Division; Gerri Elliott, who is Chief Sales Officer at Juniper and formerly was Corporate VP of Worldwide Public Sector for Microsoft; Brad Brooks, Vice President of Worldwide Enterprise Marketing and former head of Consumer Marketing for Windows; Eddie Amos, Vice President of Developer Marketing and former General Manager of Developer Marketing at Microsoft; and Lauren Cooney, Director of Developer Evangelism and former Microsoft Group Product Manager for Web Platform.

Muglia will be spearheading Juniper's offerings around networking, security and mobile-device management -- all areas he also oversaw during his 23-plus-year Microsoft career.

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