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January 11, 2011

Bob Muglia to leave Microsoft

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by Darren Allan

Bob Muglia, the President of Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business (STB) department is to leave the company this year.

This fact emerged in an email from CEO Steve Ballmer, who had apparently decided that the time was right for change in the STB division.

Microsoft published Ballmer’s email on its News Centre site, and in it the CEO wrote: “The best time to think about change is when you are in a position of strength, and that’s where we are today with STB – leading the server business, successful with our developer tools, and poised to lead the rapidly emerging cloud future.”

“Bob Muglia and I have been talking about the overall business and what is needed to accelerate our growth. In this context, I have decided that now is the time to put new leadership in place for STB. This is simply recognition that all businesses go through cycles and need new and different talent to manage through those cycles.”

Muglia has decided to leave Microsoft in the summer as a result, but until then, he will continue his role. MS will be conducting both an internal and external search for his replacement, so fire those CVs in now.

Just a few months ago in October, MS made another high profile staff change, with Ray Ozzie stepping down from the position of Chief Software Architect (with no replacement).

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