Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to run devices group

Microsoft makes cloud, Xbox and devices leadership changes

Microsoft has made a number of changes to the leadership of several of its biggest divisions.

In an email to employees released by the company, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that after two months as acting leader for the cloud and enterprise arm of the firm, Scott Guthrie has been promoted to executive vice president.

“As you know, Scott has been a very public and passionate evangelist for many of our most important developer and infrastructure businesses,” said Nadella.

“Since joining Microsoft in 1997, he has made critical contributions to .NET and other pivotal technologies that help power the Microsoft ecosystem today, and most recently has been the driver behind the unprecedented growth of Microsoft Azure.”

“As a leader, Scott has shown incredible energy and insight into how we create technology that others can build on, and which can be built on what others have created.”

In another high-profile change, Phil Spencer has taken on a new role as leader of Xbox, as part of combining the Xbox and Xbox Live development teams with the Microsoft Studios team.

Spencer will lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox Video teams – as well as Microsoft Studios.

“Combining all our software, gaming and content assets across the Xbox team under a single leader and aligning with the OSG team will help ensure we continue to do great work across the Xbox business, and bring more of the magic of Xbox to all form factors, including tablets, PCs and phones,” commented Nadella.

“Phil will continue his close partnership with Yusuf Mehdi, who leads business strategy and marketing for Xbox, George Peckham, who heads up third-party partnerships and Mike Angiulo, who will continue leading Xbox hardware.”

“Phil is the right person to lead Xbox forward.”

As Microsoft is expected to close its deal with Nokia in April, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (pictured) will join Microsoft as executive vice president of the Microsoft Devices Group, reporting to Nadella.

“I’ve had a chance to work closely with Stephen, when he was previously a senior leader with Microsoft, as a key partner during his tenure as Nokia CEO, and again in the last several months as we’ve worked through the initial stages of integration planning,” Nadella said of Elop’s appointment.

“I look forward to working with Stephen as a key member of the senior leadership team and welcoming the Nokia Devices and Services employees to the Microsoft family.”

“The mobile capabilities, hardware design expertise, and world-class manufacturing and supply chain operations they bring will help us drive innovations in devices to delight our customers.”

“Stephen will partner closely with Phil and Terry on Xbox and will bring together many of the top leaders from his existing Nokia Devices and Services organization as well as the current leaders of the Devices and Studios team.”

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