Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) said that Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie plans to retire in 2014 after two decades of having worked with the company. In his new role, he is now a senior adviser to Chief Executive Officer, Steve Ballmer.
Some of Mundie’s duties such as overseeing research, privacy, security as well as technology policy will now be taken over by Eric Rudder, chief technical strategy officer. Initially, this news was sent to all the staff via email and was subsequently made public on Dec 14th by Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker.
Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s senior leadership team underwent two major changes over the past two months, Mundie’s role-switch, being the latest. On Nov 12, the company bid an official adieu to the Windows chief, Steren Sinofsky. After having released the latest version of its flagship operating system in October, Ballmer is now putting together a new team that will start planning the next Microsoft upgrade, its target being the new and highly competitive mobile devices and computing over the internet, market.
Ballmer wrote in a memo- “the team lead by Rudder continues to help in shaping the long- term technology-policy landscape in ways that will give our future products a clear path in the marketplace’
During his tenure at Microsoft, Mundie, 63, was responsible for the company’s early efforts in developing software for handheld organizers, cars and televisions. He also developed technology policies in areas such as privacy and security, oversaw the Microsoft Research unit and the company’s technology policy relationships with the Chinese and Russian governments.
Rudder had previously served as a Senior Vice President (servers and tools) and was in charge of Microsoft’s relationship with software developers.
Shares of Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) were down by 1.42% to close at $27.06.