Li Gong, Managing Director for Windows Live China, one of Microsoft's top executives, who has joined Microsoft in 2005 from Sun Microsystems, where he had served as both head of Sun's China research efforts and as a chief architect of Java. In a September 2005 Business Week interview, Ballmer touted Gong as one of several key hires that Microsoft had made.
"Li Gong is currently exploring other career opportunities," Microsoft said in a statement to News.com. "Microsoft greatly appreciate Li's contribution to Windows Live China and supports his decision. We believe that the leadership, strong team and long term commitment to innovation will continue to drive Microsoft forward in China." Gong's name came up in the case over Kai-Fu Lee, the top Microsoft executive whose hiring by Google sparked a multistate legal battle. In Microsoft legal documents, the software maker said that Lee recommended Gong be hired quickly, in part because he may have already been approached by Google. Lee ultimately left Microsoft China for Google.
In a 2005 Business Week interview, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said:
How are we doing in terms of talent? We've brought on fantastic new talent. People like Ray Ozzie, I don't think I need to say more. Gary Flake, who has joined us in the MSN area [and] is really the technical guru and genius behind everything that had happened at Overture, a fantastic addition to our team. Li Gong who has joined our MSN team in China, who was one of the leading architects at Sun Microsystems (SUNW).
The software maker said Gong's responsibilities have been picked up by Friedbert Wall, a 15-year Microsoft veteran. Wall, who was previously the senior director for Windows Live China Shanghai, has been named managing director of Windows Live China.Windows Live, Microsoft, Corporate, Strategy, Policy, Comapny Affairs