Slideshow on Microsoft's Valentine's Day Reorg: Who's Hot and Who's Not
Leading off the list of winners in this go-around is Bill Veghte, who is now Senior Vice President, Online Services & Windows Business Group. Vehghte's "expanded role" calls for him to spearhead "all end-user business strategy, sales and marketing across Windows Client, Windows Live, MSN and Search. In addition, he will continue to have shared responsibility for OEM sales."
Andrew Lees, a former manager on Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, is now senior vice president, Mobile Communications Business. Lees takes the place of Pieter Knook, who is joining Vodafone.
Roz Ho -- one time head of Microsoft Mac Business Unit turned general manager working on a secret project in the Microsoft Mobile and Entertainment Division -- is now officially corporate vice president, Premium Mobile Offerings. "Ho will lead the new Danger Inc. team and continue to focus on various consumer-focused premium mobile offerings in mobile communications," according to Microsoft.
Satya Nadella gets a bump from Corporate VP to Senior VP. He is now head of the renamed Search, Portals & Advertising Group. According to the Microsoft press release, "Nadella will continue to lead Microsoft’s engineering efforts across Live Search, Microsoft adCenter, and Subscriptions, Points and Billing platforms. He will also take over responsibility for MSN programming and engineering."
Senior Vice Presient and former aQuantive CEO Brian McAndrews gets no fancy new title, no noticeable new responsibilities -- yet. Company watchers are betting on McAndrews to become the new head of the Yahoo acquisition (whenever and if ever that deal is consumated.)
Who's on the outs after today's reorg? As previously reported, Online Services chief Steve Berkowitz is leaving (though not until August 2008). Berkowitz joined Microsoft a couple of years ago from Ask.com, where he served as CEO.
Pieter Knook, long-time head of Microsoft's mobile business, is set to join Vodafone on March 10, where he will lead a new unit delivering consumer Internet services.
Former Windows marketing chief Mike Sievert -- responsible for the worldwide launch of Windows Vista,is out. He is replaced by Brad Brooks, who is now Corporate Vice President of Windows Consumer Product Marketing.