“For the past 22 years, Robbie has personified creativity, innovation and drive. With this spirit, he has led a division passionately devoted to making Microsoft successful in interactive entertainment and mobility."Don Mattrick, senior vice president, will continue to head the Interactive Entertainment Business and senior vice president Andy Lees will continue to lead the Mobile Communications Business. The transition to reporting under Steve Ballmer will commence on July 1st.
“Robbie’s an amazing business person and close personal friend, which makes his departure a point of sadness for me. However, given the strong leadership team he has built, the business performance of E&D this year and the launches of Windows Phone 7 and ‘Project Natal’ this fall, we are set up well for success as we continue to drive our mobile and entertainment businesses forward.”
“J has brought a game-changing creative magic to Microsoft for years, from Windows to Xbox, from Zune to KIN,” Ballmer said. “He was one of the key drivers in our early work on the Web, and we’re absolutely delighted that J’s role with the company will evolve in a way that lets all of Microsoft benefit from his business insight, technical depth and keen eye for consumer experience.”
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Microsoft has officially confirmed the departures of key staff, Robbie Bach and J Allard through a statement, and detailed a transition plan for Don Mattrick and Andy Lees, who will now work under CEO Steve "off his tits" Ballmer, who commented: