Bob Muglia, the Microsoft exec who helped build Microsoft’s Server & Tools business into a strong competitor in databases and server OSes and most recently took command of the cloud computing effort, will leave the company this summer.
CEO Steve Ballmer informed employees of this rather big piece of news in a posting today.
“Bob Muglia and I have been talking about the overall business and what is needed to accelerate our growth. In this context, I have decided that now is the time to put new leadership in place for STB. This is simply recognition that all businesses go through cycles and need new and different talent to manage through those cycles. Bob has been a phenomenal partner throughout this process, and he and his leadership team have the right strategy in place.
In conjunction with this leadership change, Bob has decided to leave Microsoft this summer. He will continue to actively run STB as I conduct an internal and external search for the new leader. Bob will onboard the new leader and will also complete additional projects for me.”
This news may unnerve die-hard Windows server loyalists as well as Wall Street, which has been critical of Ballmer’s stewardship of Microsoft. The departures of Robbie Bach, J. Allard, Ray Ozzie–all top tier executives–over the past year also raised eyebrows.
Muglia was often the public face of new server OS offerings, keynoting at TechEd and other Microsoft events.
It will be interesting if Muglia surfaces at another high-tech company. Bill Veghte, anohter highly-regarded Microsoft exec who left last year, is now at Hewlett-Packard, which is showing increased interest in software.
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