Microsoft EPG Chief Leaves Company ‘By Mutual Agreement’
Simon Witts, formerly the man in charge of Microsoft’s large enterprise systems integrator, ISV and Microsoft Dynamics partners and customers, has departed the company, Redmond confirmed.
Details are scarce. Witts, an 18-year veteran of Microsoft, started working in the company’s enterprise sales division back in 1993. Over the course of his career with Microsoft, Witts oversaw sales efforts in the EMEA region, headed up Microsoft Canada as its president, and worked various managerial roles at Microsoft UK before finally landing in the position of corporate vice president, Enterprise and Partner Group.
ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley got its hands on the internal memo from Microsoft COO Kevin Turner announcing that Witts would be leaving Microsoft “by mutual agreement”:
From: Kevin Turner
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 12:40 P.M.
To: Worldwide Country Managers; Field Governance Council Members; Field Governance Council Members Ext.; EPG Worldwide All; WW Public Sector ALL FTE
Cc: Kevin Turner Direct Reports
I wanted to let you know about a change in the leadership of our WW EPG team. By mutual agreement, Simon Witts has decided to resign from Microsoft. I would like to thank Simon for his leadership of our WW EPG team over the past eight years and for his contribution to our company over the past 18 years.
We are actively seeking a replacement for Simon and are looking internally and externally to attract a high caliber talent for what is one of the best sales jobs in the IT industry. In the interim, effective immediately, both Linda Zecher and Susan Hauser will report directly to me, with Linda on point for Public Sector, and Susan in charge of WW EPG.
I have huge confidence in Susan, Linda and their teams, and I know I can count on all of you to keep focused, keep winning and make FY12 a year we can all be proud of.
It’s a mystery, indeed. Stay tuned to TalkinCloud for more updates on how Microsoft’s large enterprise strategy might change in the wake of losing yet another leader.