More veteran Microsoft executives either are exiting the company or shifting into new roles in the wake of chief executive Satya Nadella’s substantial organizational overhaul two months ago.

DH Kass, Senior Contributing Blogger

August 10, 2015

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PJ Hough
PJ Hough

More veteran Microsoft (MSFT) executives either are exiting the company or shifting into new roles in the wake of chief executive Satya Nadella’s substantial organizational overhaul two months ago.

Re/code reported that in the latest shakeup, PJ Hough, a 15-year company veteran and developer unit vice president, is leaving the company. David Treadwell, a corporate vice president with a 26-year history with the company, is moving from Terry Myerson’s Windows and Devices unit to a new job in the Cloud and Enterprise unit.

In addition, Ales Holecek, a Windows development vice president who joined the vendor in 2006, will move to the Office team, the report said.

Microsoft reportedly also told the Windows team that William Kennedy, Windows development corporate vice president, would be leaving to be replaced by Holecek but later recanted with Kennedy remaining in his role, Re/code said.

According to Re/code’s sources, the moves, particularly combined with the major June reshuffling, has ruffled the feathers of many veteran Windows team members.

Microsoft declined to comment on the staff changes, the report said.

Microsoft previously enacted a wide-ranging structural overhaul and named a new 12-person senior leadership team that handed more responsibility to Windows head Terry Myerson and showed the door to Stephen Elop, head of its devices business, and a number of other top managers.

In addition to Elop, the former head of Microsoft’s business software unit before he jumped to the chief executive slot at Nokia then returned to run the vendor’s devices unit, departures included Jo Harlow, a former Nokia veteran executive and Elop report who came to Microsoft with the Nokia acquisition to head its phones business.

Also exiting was Kirill Tatarinov, who headed Microsoft’s $2 billion Dynamics business, Eric Rudder, a 25-year Microsoft veteran in its former Server and Tools business, Microsoft Research and most recently its advanced technology and education efforts, and Mark Penn, Microsoft chief insight officer and marketing veteran, who will leave in September to form a private equity firm focused on digital marketing services.

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