Thursday, July 24, 2008

Head of Microsoft’s Online Efforts Departs -

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Microsoft/Yahoo! picture...

Kevin Johnson, the executive in charge of Microsoft’s struggling online business, is leaving the company. Microsoft announced Wednesday evening that Mr. Johnson was departing to become chief executive of Juniper Networks.


Under the new plan, responsibility for the two businesses overseen by Mr. Johnson — online services and the Windows operating system unit — will be separated.

Microsoft, in a statement, acknowledged that it needed new leadership to lift the performance of the online services business. The company said it would “create a new senior lead position and will conduct a search that will span internal and external candidates.”

Small world; Jeff Raikes successor Stephen Elop was COO of Juniper, before joining Microsoft in January of this year.

Head of Microsoft’s Online Efforts Departs -

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