Microsoft Names New Executives for Cloud, Devices and More

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has named several new executives including vice presidents for devices, Xbox and cloud and enterprise.

Nadella promoted acting cloud and enterprise leader Scott Guthrie to executive vice president for that division. Guthrie had stepped into the role after Nadella was named CEO.

"Scott has been a very public and passionate evangelist for many of our most important developer and infrastructure businesses," Nadella said in a memo emailed to employees that was quoted in the Wall Street Journal. "As a leader, Scott has shown incredible energy and insight into how we create technology that others can build on, and which can be built on what others have created."

Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will serve as executive vice president of devices as soon as Microsoft's deal with Nokia closes in April.

Lastly, Phil Spencer will fill a new role that's essentially the person in charge of Xbox. His position will combine a variety of different teams around Microsoft's videogame console, including Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios.

"Recently, I’ve discussed with the Microsoft leadership team the need to zero in on what truly makes Microsoft unique," Nadella said in the memo. "As I said on my first day, we need to do everything possible to thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. The announcements last week, our news this week, the Nokia acquisition closing soon and the leaders and teams we are putting in place are all great first steps in making this happen."

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