Microsoft today announced that COO Kevin Turner is leaving the company to become CEO of Citadel Securities. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent an email today morning to his employees about his departure and the changes in the senior leadership team. First of all, there is no direct replacement for Kevin Turner, instead Microsoft is assigning Kevin’s responsibilities among five senior executives, Judson Althoff, Jean-Philippe Courtois, Chris Capossela, Kurt DelBene and Amy Hood. Kevin Turner today sent an email to Microsoft employees in the Worldwide Sales Marketing & Services Group about his departure. Read it below.
From: Kevin Turner
Sent: Thursday, July 7, 2016 7:48 AM
To: WW Sales Marketing & Services Group
Subject: Two words++
These two words seem highly inadequate and insufficient, but they come from the bottom of my heart.
For the past nearly 11 years, it has been an absolute pleasure being your partner.
Your partnership, hard work and ability to be a team have built out a world-class Sales, Services, Operations, Field Marketing, and Support organization, and together we have consistently delivered incredible results.
I am confident you will continue to transform Microsoft, our Customers and our Partners and lead them to the digital world with the strong foundation we have built.
As I reflect over the past 11 years, leading our revenue growth from $37 billion to over $93 billon has been an incredibly rewarding thrill.
Even more than that, seeing our Customer and Partner Satisfaction levels go to all-time highs, watching our retail stores come on and thrive, seeing us move our selling from licenses to solutions and seeing our Cloud transformation explode have been some of the proudest accomplishments that I have ever been a part of in my professional career!
You all have had a positive and profound impact on my life, both as a person and as a leader.
The past decade was a pivotal and foundational time for my family and me, as my children have effectively grown up here in the Northwest, and as a result, they have been blessed with so many opportunities to learn and grow as they become adults.
For my next chapter, I will be joining Citadel and working with another incredible founder, Ken Griffin – something I have some experience with.
For the third time in my career, I will be learning an entirely new industry and a new set of businesses as the Vice Chairman of Citadel and the CEO of Citadel Securities. Citadel is one of the world’s most successful and admired hedge funds as well as the leading equity trading firm in the United States and a leading market maker.
I will remain your biggest fan and will once again be an important Microsoft customer!
With my deepest sincerity, admiration and gratitude, thank you again for everything. I have had an absolute blast and loved every minute of my time at Microsoft!
While this decision is incredibly emotional for me, it reminds me of one of my favorite euphemisms (you know how I like those)-“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened!” Please know that I am smiling with pride and joy in my heart!
Keep driving hard and know that I will be proudly cheering you on!