Last year, after the announcement of the new Windows 8 platform, Microsoft decided to re-organize the management of the company. Many existing employees were sidelined to make way for new heads of departments. Antoine Leblond was one of those sidelined employees and he’s finally quitting the company after 25 long years.
The reorganization made Terry Myerson the head of Microsoft’s Windows department, which is actually the backbone of the company, making him the most important man in the company. But with this new appointment, three experienced heads of the company were sidelined which includes Jon DeVaan, Grant George and Leblond. Two of those already left the company back in 2013 and now, Leblond is leaving Microsoft looking for better opportunities outside the company.
Leblond has been a part of Microsoft’s Office team for the past 20 years and during this time; he worked closely with the company’s ex-president of Windows division, Steven Sinofsky. In fact, he moved to Windows the same time as Sinofsky did and spent a major portion of his time developing Windows store and cloud services for Windows 8 devices.
But finally, after 25 years at the Redmond company, Leblond has decided to venture out and try something that non-Microsoft world has to offer.
In an email to his colleagues, he said, “Every single day I have had here has been amazing in its own way, and I will never look back on all of these years with anything but fondness, pride in what we’ve accomplished together, and a real appreciation for having been lucky enough to be part of so many awesome things. I am sad to leave all of you, but also incredibly excited for what comes next.”
He will be leaving the company today, which is also his 9000th day at Microsoft.
Apart from Leblond, former Skype CEO Tony Bates also announced that he would be leaving the company. Further, Tami Reller who became the head of the company’s marketing team after the recent reorganization is also going to exit the company.
Looks like, a lot of new changes are happening under the leadership of new CEO Satya Nadella and it would not be surprising if any other long time executives of the company leave in the next few months.
The company has not seen these many changes in a long time and hence, it would be interesting to see in what direction Nadella plans to steer the company in the coming quarters.
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