Sinofsky Lieutenant Antoine Leblond to Leave Microsoft

Longtime Microsoft executive Antoine Leblond will be leaving the company Monday, after his 9000th day at the company.

“After almost 25 years, I’ve decided it’s time for me to go out and see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer,” Leblond said in an e-mail to colleagues.

“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,” Leblond said. “I am sad to leave all of you, but also incredibly excited for what comes next.”

Leblond came to the public light after replacing Michael Angiulo.  Leblond was a key executive who helped to drive Sinofsky’s strategy.  We reported in September of last year that he been stripped of most his duties and Joe Belfiore taking over the majority of them.

See our report: Terry Myerson Flexes His Muscle, Removes Sinofsky’s Lieutenants From Power

Grant George, Jon DeVaan, Tami Reller are additional Sinofsky loyalists who are no longer with the company.  Julie Larson Green took a demotion and now works deep inside Qi Lu’s organization.  Dean Hachamovitch also took a demotion and now works within Microsoft Research on special projects.

After Satya Nadella was named CEO Tony Bates also stepped down from the company.  It is very difficult to say where Nadella falls in this situation.  It possible he is trying to avoid making enemies for the time being.  When Xbox leader Mark Whitten stepped down Nadella put Terry Myerson in charge.  But Stephen Elop is expected to take over once the Nokia deal is approved.

It will be important to watch which executives are present at the upcoming Build conference.  No doubt, Terry Myerson and Satya Nadella will be there.

via Steven Sinofsky

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