5 Top Microsoft Execs Who’ve Left (Or Are Leaving) In 2021
Even as Microsoft’s cloud businesses surge, the company has seen a number of high-profile executive departures this year so far.
Microsoft’s Biggest Executive Departures
It’s turning out to be a big year for changes in Microsoft’s executive ranks. Company veteran Rodney Clark became Microsoft’s corporate vice president of global channel sales on April 1, succeeding Gavriella Schuster as channel chief. Executive Vice President Judson Althoff got an expansion of his role in late May—taking the reins of a global commercial organization that combines Microsoft’s global sales and marketing group, previously run by Jean-Philippe Courtois, with the worldwide commercial business that Althoff had been running. And even Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has seen a change in his role, with the company’s board naming Nadella as Microsoft chairman in June, taking over for former Symantec CEO John Thompson.
There have also been a string of high-profile Microsoft executive departures disclosed in 2021 so far. Some of the executives have already left the company, while others have announced plans to depart Microsoft in the coming months.
The departures come even as the Redmond, Wash.-based cloud technologies giant continues to show strong growth across its businesses, including in Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and security. For Microsoft’s fiscal third quarter of 2021, ended March 31, revenue climbed 19 percent year-over-year to reach $41.7 billion—led by 50 percent revenue growth for the Azure cloud platform and 22 percent revenue growth for the Office 365 Commercial suite.
What follows are the details on five top Microsoft executives who’ve left—or are leaving—the company in 2021.