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Divide And Rule? Nadella Replaces Former Rival With Five Execs

Divide And Rule? Nadella Replaces Former Rival With Five Execs

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has unveiled a major reorganisation of the company’s senior executive ranks as long-time COO Kevin Turner – a rival for Nadella for the top job in 2014 – prepares to leave for another company.

Instead of naming a new COO, Nadella has appointed no fewer than five executives who will divvy up the tasks. Jean-Philippe Courtois will be in charge of global sales, marketing and operations spanning Microsoft’s 13 business areas. Judson Althoff will lead the worldwide commercial business, including government and small and medium-sized businesses.

Other executives to take on parts of Turner’s job include Chris Capossela who will lead worldwide marketing; Kurt DelBene leading IT; and CFO Amy Hood taking over the sales and marketing team’s finance group.

Turner is leaving Microsoft after more than a decade to become CEO of the securities unit at financial-services company Citadel.

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