Microsoft, the world’s leading producer of software, on Tuesday said Doug Burgum, a division head with its specialized small-to-midsize business software unit, will leave his post, and he’ll be replaced by Satya Nadella, a current corporate vice president of the unit, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Last fall, 50-year-old Burgum announced plans to leave his position as senior vice president of Microsoft’s Business Solutions unit to take over its chairman post; however, yesterday he told reporters that he’ll leave Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft for good this coming June, according to the Journal.
Nadella will keep his current title, the Journal reports.
Burgum said he made the decision to leave the software giant on Friday afternoon following discussions with a number of Microsoft execs, including Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, the Journal reports.
Burgum has been with Microsoft for more than five years, and he came on after it acquired Great Plains Software—where he served as CEO and chairman— for $1.1 billion in stock, according to the Journal.
Burgum said he hasn’t decided on where he’ll go after he leaves Microsoft, the Journal reports.
Last week, Brian Valentine, a Microsoft senior vice president who oversaw the launches of the company’s last three major operating system upgrades, also left Microsoft for a post at Web retailer Amazon.com.
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