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Microsoft Xbox division boss transitioning to new role ahead of Elop’s return

Tuesday, 25th February 2014 02:45 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft Devices and Studios executive vice-president Julie Larson-Green has announced her intention to move out of the role ahead of new incumbent Stephen Elop’s arrival.

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Larson-Green announced the change in an exit memo published in full by TechCrunch.

Larson-Green held the role for seven months and oversaw the launch of the Xbox One, the Surface 2 family, and Xbox Music and Video, among other products and services. She will be transitioning to chief experience officer of the My Life & Work team in Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group. The change is a sidestep, not a demotion; had she remained in the Devices and Studios role, she would have had to report to Elop, putting her two steps down from CEO, rather than one.

Microsoft has named former Nokia CEO Elop as her replacement, as part of the deal in which the platform holder acquired Nokia’s device business wholesale.

Larson-Green will continue to lead the hardware-focused team until the Nokia deal closes and Elop is brought back into Microsoft’s family; he served as president of Microsoft’s Business Division before moving to Nokia.

Although Elop’s stint at Nokia was notable for the company’s downturn, it did include the sale to Microsoft, which liberated the former mobile-focused company from its increasingly unproductive devices division, likely to its benefit as it refocuses on location services.

Microsoft is pretty keen on Elop; he was tipped as a possible replacement for Steve Ballmer.

Thanks, Polygon. [image]

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3 Comments

  1. Dragon

    Elop heading Xbox division after successfully completing secret MS mission of killing Nokia.
    Well, I don’t think he will be happy with this. After all, for all his work on the holy secret MS mission, he is granted keys to one of the worst performing MS divisions, ironically the one containing a part he thought he could cut off (rumor).

    Poor Elop :P

    #1 6 months ago
  2. dsr

    @Dragon
    There are certain types of executives who earn money by killing different branches on purpose. Welcome to the modern business.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. NocturnalB

    @dsr The part that really makes me laugh are the titles they give each other so they can stroke their egos and feel powerful.

    Chief? Officer? She’s the Executive Vice President of collecting an overpaid, under-performer’s paycheck is what she is.

    #3 6 months ago

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