Nadella email outlines leadership changes at Microsoft (Enterprise, Xbox, Devices)

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In an email to Microsoft employees, CEO Satya Nadella has outlined a number of leadership changes at the Redmond based company. Scott Guthrie has been promoted to Executive Vice President and will lead the Cloud and Enterprise organisation. Phil Spencer is set to take on a new role leading the Xbox and Xbox Live teams (including music and video). In addition it is confirmed that once Microsoft's deal with Nokia has closed, Stephen Elop will become a Microsoft Executive Vice President and will the Microsoft Devices Group.

Scott Guthrie

Scott Guthrie has been acting head of the Cloud and Enterprise group at Microsoft for the past two months. He has now been appointed to a permanent position and given a promotion that reflects the importance of the group to Microsoft. 

From the company-wide email:

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

Phil Spencer

In his new role Phil Spencer will report to Terry Myerson, head of Windows (Operating System Group). Xbox is expected to take become a more visible presence on Windows Phone as Microsoft's pushes both its gaming services and its music and video services. From Windows Phone 8.1 onwards Xbox Video and Xbox Music will be stand alone apps, rather than being included as a standard operating system app. 

From the company-wide email:

In this new job, Phil will lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox Video teams, and 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.

Stephen Elop

Microsoft once again confirmed that it expects the deal with Nokia to close in April and that in his new role Stephen Elop will report directly to Nadella, with whom he has worked many times over the past few years.

From the company-wide email:

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. 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.