Microsoft CEO Nadella begins executive shake-up

Microsoft CEO Nadella begins executive shake-up

Microsoft's new chief executive Satya Nadella is reportedly sweeping clean at the top, with two long-time favourites of former CEO Steve Ballmer for the chop.

Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, is shaking things up at the company with a major reorganisation at the top, with Tami Reller and Tony Bates both reportedly leaving the company.

Named as the new CEO early last month, Nadella inherited the aftermath of a serious reorganisation by former chief executive Steve Ballmer. Not content with merely following his predecessors legacy, Nadella is reported to be making his own mark at the top - beginning with the departure of two big names at the company.

According to 'people with knowledge of the matter' speaking to Bloomberg, Nadella's new strategy sees Tony Bates - who was considered in the running for the post of CEO until Nadella's appointment - and Tami Reller leaving the company. Their respective posts will be taken over by internal candidates Eric Rudder and Chris Capossela.

Reller, Microsoft's marketing vice president, is perhaps best known for having been the public face of Windows 8 and 8.1 following the departure of Steven Sinofsky in November 2012. Her departure marks the end of a 13-year stint at the company. Bates, meanwhile, was considered at the front of the race for the position of chief executive until Nadella's appointment. Both received vice presidency positions in July of last year, under Ballmer's auspice.

Microsoft has not commented on the reports, nor has it provided guidance for investors on Nadella's supposed executive reorganisation.


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Corky42 3rd March 2014, 11:14 Quote
So the question is, was Tami and Tony fired, pushed, or quit of their own accord ?
It must be a confusing time to be working at Microsoft, what with so many shake ups in the last year or two.
Snips 3rd March 2014, 11:32 Quote
Clearly Mr Nadella is doing things his way, which can only be seen as a good thing.
schmidtbag 3rd March 2014, 15:02 Quote
Originally Posted by Snips
Clearly Mr Nadella is doing things his way, which can only be seen as a good thing.

Agreed, the company needs a good shake up and Balmer was not the right kind of person to do that. Considering the rise of linux and non-Windows tablets, MS has a lot of catching up to do.
phuzz 3rd March 2014, 17:15 Quote
I'm not the only person who read his name as Nutella am I?
Nexxo 3rd March 2014, 17:33 Quote
Great. Can he get rid of Mark Penn now?
impar 4th March 2014, 12:50 Quote
Originally Posted by Nexxo
Great. Can he get rid of Mark Penn now?
Come on, Nexxo, this is the One Microsoft.
Mark Penn, the architect of Microsoft's controversial Scroogled campaign, will now reportedly boast the title of executive vice president and chief strategy officer.

Recode says Penn will explore "new product areas and strategic investments" for the company, while remaining on the team of senior executives that reports to Nadella.
Nexxo 4th March 2014, 13:10 Quote
Well, at least he can do less damage that way. :| I hope that Nadella will explore new ways and strategies of getting rid of the man.
Corky42 4th March 2014, 13:13 Quote
So with most of the architects of Windows 8 gotten rid of are we going to see an end to the idea of using a phone OS on the desktop ? Time for me to get behind my sandbags.
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