Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella has started reshaping the company’s senior executive ranks.
EVP of business development and evangelism Tony Bates, who came to Microsoft through its acquisition of Skype, is out. He had been a contender for the CEO job, and we’ve heard from Microsoft insiders that he was the internal favorite. Recode’s Kara Swisher says Bates is up for several CEO gigs elsewhere. GoPro, the maker of wearable cameras, wanted to talk to him about its top job, for example.
Also leaving is EVP of marketing Tami Reller. In her decade plus at Microsoft she has been both CMO and CFO of the company’s Windows unit. Reller joined Microsoft through its acquisition of Great Plains Software in 2001. She’d been at Great Plains since she graduated college in 1984.
It’s unclear where Reller and Bates will go next.
Mark Penn, formerly an Executive Vice President, has a new role. He’ll now be Nadella’s Chief Strategy Officer.