Stephen Elop Set to Become Xbox Division’s New Boss
The reshuffling of Microsoft’s executive deck continues, and the Xbox division has a new boss.
Satya Nadella took Steve Ballmer’s seat on February 4, becoming the third CEO in Microsoft’s history. It was a job some believed would go to Stephen Elop, the former Nokia CEO who sold MS the Finnish company’s mobile devices division in September 2013 for $7.2 billion. Elop will instead take over Microsoft’s Devices and Studios division, which is responsible for all hardware development including Xbox and Surface, and also houses Microsoft Studios.
Elop’s appointment has not been made official by Microsoft, but word comes from the woman he is replacing, Julie Larson-Green. TechCrunch obtained an internal MS memo sent by Larson-Green, who states she is set to become the head of the My Life & Work team. Larson-Green noted that she will remain with the Devices and Studios division until the Nokia deal closes and Elop officially joins MS.
Elop is actually rejoining Microsoft. He was head of the Business division from 2008 through 2010.
It’s worth noting that, in November, Bloomberg reported that if Elop became CEO of Microsoft, he would explore selling off the Xbox division as well as the Bing search engine and focus Microsoft’s business on its suite of Office products.