Microsoft appoints former HP exec as head of Windows marketing

Microsoft appoints former HP exec as head of Windows marketing

Tony Prophet, former senior vice president operations at Hewlett-Packard, has been appointed to the position of head of Windows marketing at Microsoft.

Prophet replaces Thom Gruhler who will move to an unspecified position in Microsoft’s Applications and Services group.

Gruhler will be reporting to Chris Capossela who replaced Tami Reller (who has now left the company) as executive vice president and chief marketing officer in March.

This news follows a number of other senior leadership changes Satya Nadella has made since he took over as CEO in February.

Earlier this month Nadella promoted Scott Guthrie to executive vice president of its Cloud and Enterprise division.

Tony Bates, former Skype CEO and head of the Business Development and Evangelism team for the past eight months, also left the company in March.

Eric Rudder is currently serving as interim leader of that team.

At the same time, Mark Penn was appointed to the newly created role of executive vice president, chief strategy officer.

Penn moved from Microsoft’s Advertising and Online division where he created the Scroggled campaign, aimed at highlighting Google’s privacy issues.

Once the Nokia acquisition has closed (expected to happen today), Stephen Elop will rejoin the company as executive vice president of the Devices group, reporting to Nadella.

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