Microsoft reshuffles managers but key post remains vacant

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Microsoft reshuffles managers but key post remains vacant

Antony Savvas

Microsoft has announced its latest company restructuring, but is still looking for someone to head up its Business Solutions operation.

As part of the restructuring, senior vice-president Orlando Ayala is moving from overseeing sales to small and midsize companies to a new position overseeing emerging markets.

Ayala will report to chief operating officer Kevin Turner. Eduardo Rosini, who headed up Microsoft's Asia-Pacific unit, replaces Ayala in the small and midsize unit, which also manages Microsoft's partner network.

In addition, Microsoft is moving the development of its Dynamics CRM product from its Business Solutions unit to the Office Business Platform group, headed by Kurt DelBene.

Finally, the marketing for Microsoft's new unified communications drive will be headed by Chris Capossela, who heads the product marketing of the Office suite.

Microsoft is still, however, searching for a replacement for Business Solutions head Doug Burgum.

After Burgum announced last November that he wanted to play an evangelist role as chairman of Business Solutions, Microsoft said it planned to have his executive replacement in place by this spring, but this hasn’t yet happened.

After the announcement last week that Microsoft founder and chief software architect Bill Gates would be relinquishing hands-on control of the company within two years, UK business leaders called for Microsoft to step up its efforts to improve its business offering.

The delay in finding an executive to head up the Business Solutions operation will not please them.

The latest restructuring follows the company’s decision to split itself into three business units last September.


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