Microsoft taps-in Thompson to run Zune

First, Microsoft's Zune digital music player gets a makeover. Now, it has a new leader. Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Div. President Robbie Bach sent an e-mail on Oct. 4 notifying staff that company veteran Rick Thompson will become Zune vice-president, responsible for overseeing the business operations of the Zune unit. Thompson will report to J […]

First, Microsoft's Zune digital music player gets a makeover. Now, it has a new leader.

Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Div. President Robbie Bach sent an e-mail on Oct. 4 notifying staff that company veteran Rick Thompson will become Zune vice-president, responsible for overseeing the business operations of the Zune unit. Thompson will report to J Allard, the product design visionary who has held the position since Bryan Lee retired in April.

News of the appointment follows Microsoft's Oct. 2 launch of the second iteration of Zune (BusinessWeek.com, 10/3/07), introducing a new look and three new devices, as well as a revamped online store and improved software to connect to a PC.

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