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Robbie Bach and J Allard leaving Microsoft, Steve Ballmer announces

Microsoft announced that Robbie Bach, president of E&D Division, will retire this fall. SVP Don Mattrick will continue to lead Interactive Entertainment Business and Andy Lees will continue to lead Mobile Communications Business. Each will report directly to Steve Ballmer effective July 1. Mattrick has led IEB since July 2007, overseeing evolution of Xbox Live, launch of blockbusters such as “Halo 3” and much-anticipated “Project Natal.” Under Mattrick’s leadership, global Xbox installed base has grown to more than 40 million consoles and Xbox Live now has more than 23 million members. Previously, Mattrick served as president of Electronic Arts Worldwide Studios. Microsoft also announced that David Treadwell, cvp of Live Platform Services, will be leading the core technology organization for IEB, reporting to Mattrick.

Finally, J Allard, will be leaving Microsoft after 19 years, and will take an official role as an advisor in a strategic role for Ballmer and his leadership team. “J has brought a game-changing creative magic to Microsoft for years, from Windows to Xbox, from Zune to KIN,”Ballmer said. “He was one of the key drivers in our early work on the Web, and we’re absolutely delighted that J’s role with the company will evolve in a way that lets all of Microsoft benefit from his business insight, technical depth and keen eye for consumer experience.”


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