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Former Nokia CEO Elop to head major Microsoft division

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 26 Feb 2014 12:40

Former Nokia CEO Elop to head major Microsoft division Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will return to Microsoft shortly, taking over the company's important Devices and Studios business.
The Devices and Studios division is in charge of gaming (Xbox), Windows Phone and Surface.

Current division boss Julie Larson-Green will become Chief Experience Officer for Microsoft's Applications and Services group, in charge of the interfaces for Bing, Office, and Skype. Larson-Green previously worked on the design for IE and Office, but quickly moved through the ranks over the past few years.

Reads part of Larson-Green's memo to employees:


Team,

As you will read in the notes below from Qi and Satya, I've accepted a new challenge, leading the My Life & Work team in ASG and serving as the Chief Experience Officer (CXO). As hard as it is for me to leave Devices & Studios, I'm thrilled about this opportunity. In working with company leaders this year to establish our One Microsoft vision and plan, I thought about ways I could have impact on helping Microsoft prepare for the future and innovate. My discussions with Satya and Qi made clear this is a critical space to drive new thinking and an essential way to help the shape the company's direction. I'm looking forward to developing the Digital Life & Digital Work Experience Substrate that powers modern digital experiences regardless of device, as well as working across ASG to strengthen customer experiences.

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