Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella is continuing to shake up the company's executive line-up, announcing new and expanded roles for Stephen Elop, Phil Spencer and Scott Guthrie.
Taking over from Ballmer
, who remains on Microsoft's board of directors, Nadella has been attempting to revitalise the company with a new-broom approach - and, with Microsoft stock hitting a 14-year high, shareholders certainly seem to appreciate his efforts. Previous changes at the top include the departures of Tony Bates and Tami Reller
, with Nadella's hand also being heavily implicated in Antoine Leblond's exit
earlier this week.
Nadella's latest changes see Stephen Elop, who left Microsoft to run Nokia only to return to the fold when the company was acquired by his former paymaster, appointed executive vice-president of the Microsoft Devices Group. Reporting directly to Nadella, Elop will oversee the integration of Nokia's devices and services division into Microsoft, as well as partnering with the Xbox division on combined gaming efforts.
On the latter topic, Phil Spencer has been given the role of leading a new division combining the previous Xbox and Xbox Live development teams with the Microsoft Studios software publishing arm. Reporting to Terry Myerson, Spencer is to lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios teams. 'Our community is at the heart of what we do at Xbox,
' Spencer claimed in the announcement of his new role. 'Whether it is meeting thousands of fans at the launch of Xbox One, talking at industry events or hearing from gamers on Twitter and Xbox Live, I am actively listening and I am motivated to do what’s right for fans who've invested their time, hearts and money in the products we build.
Finally, Nadella has announced that Scott Guthrie, a Microsoft employee since 1997 and driving force behind the .NET project, has been promoted to the role of executive vice president for the company's cloud and enterprise arm.
'Recently, I’ve discussed with the Microsoft leadership team the need to zero in on what truly makes Microsoft unique,
' Nadella told staff in an all-employees email announcing the appointments. 'As I said on my first day, we need to do everything possible to thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. The announcements last week, our news this week, the Nokia acquisition closing soon, and the leaders and teams we are putting in place are all great first steps in making this happen.