Microsoft to merge divisions following top-level shake-up

Microsoft to merge divisions following top-level shake-up

Four executives have left Microsoft following a reorganisation to combine several divisions together.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced that several company divisions will merge together to create three new teams. In an email to employees, Nadella explained that combining the teams will ensure that Microsoft is able to ‘drive new growth’.

Under Nadella’s proposals, Microsoft’s operating systems and devices division will be combined with the Windows team to create the Windows and Devices Group. The team in charge of business solutions now form part of the Cloud and Enterprise Group, while advanced technology and education will move to join the Applications and Services Group.

In his first major shake-up since taking on the role of CEO last year, Satya Nadella also announced a number of top executives set to leave the firm following a ‘designated transition period’.

Stephen Elop, former chief executive of Nokia, will be leaving his position as head of Microsoft’s devices division. Other departures include Kirill Tatarinov, head of the business solutions groups, and Eric Rudder, who runs advanced technology and education initiatives, will also be stepping down from their roles. CSO Mark Penn has also stepped down to open a private equity firm.

Speaking in the employee email, Nadella said: ‘To better align our capabilities and, ultimately, deliver better products and services our customers love at a more rapid pace, I have decided to organize our engineering effort into three groups that work together to deliver on our strategy and ambitions. I’m certain that matching our structure to our strategy will best position us to build products and services our customers love and ultimately drive new growth.’



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