Don Mattrick's departure for Zynga could be delaying CEO Steve Ballmer's rumored reorganization plan for Microsoft.
All Things D's Kara Swisher in early June reported, based on anonymous sources, that Ballmer was in the midst of a major "devices and services"-themed reorganization. According to Swisher's original report and a late June update, Mattrick, president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, seemed slated for a major role in the executive shuffle, which Swisher reported might come as soon as July 1.
On July 1, however, Microsoft released a company memo from Ballmer about Mattrick's planned departure to become CEO of the social gaming company, which is best known for FarmVille.
Swisher's reporting had emphasized that the suspected winners in the reorganization would be Satya Nadella, president of the Microsoft Servers and Tools division; Tony Bates, president of Skype; and Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Division.
Bloomberg reporter Dina Bass moved the story forward Wednesday morning with an anonymously sourced story of her own suggesting that Ballmer was considering Mattrick to run hardware engineering, an important post in a devices and services reorganization. Now, according to Bass, that job may go to Windows engineering head Julie Larson-Green, currently a corporate vice president.
The Bloomberg report also has:
Posted by Scott Bekker on July 03, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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