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Microsoft loses Dynamics CRM chief Stutz to Salesforce

Bob Stutz will become Chief Analytics Officer at Salesforce a day after stepping down as the Dynamics CRM chief at Microsoft.

Bob Stutz, who ran Microsoft's Dynamics CRM business, has stepped down to join Salesforce.com as chief analytics officer.

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Stutz had joined Microsoft in April 2012 and was behind a series of acquisitions to build out the Dynamics business. Stutz led the strategy and technology direction for Dynamics CRM in the cloud and on-premises.

At Salesforce, Stutz will oversee Salesforce's analytics business and report to Alex Dayon, president of products at the company.

Dayon said:

We're thrilled that Bob Stutz will be joining Salesforce as Chief Analytics Officer. Bob not only has deep enterprise software experience, he's also a proven leader who'll drive the vision and execution for the Analytics Cloud as we build it into a billion dollar business for Salesforce.

Stutz will bring a few key attributes to Salesforce. For starters, Stutz is a key hire from a key competitor. In addition, Stutz will bring enterprise relationships. And finally, Stutz has experience building businesses inside a larger empire. Salesforce's Analytics Cloud is likely to be one of the key avenues of growth for the company.

Microsoft and Salesforce highlighted their partnership and cloud approaches at Dreamforce.

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