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Microsoft’s official internal organizational chart reveals the 175 top executives and staff members who help CEO Satya Nadella run the $1.7 trillion company.
The people are responsible for managing Microsoft’s more than 168,000 employees around the globe across businesses including its cloud and artificial intelligence unit and the organization behind its suite of business software applications including Windows, Office, and its increasingly important Teams communications app.
Insider identified Nadella’s direct reports and the employees who report directly to them as of 2021 by reviewing a copy of Microsoft’s official organizational chart, which is not public but made available to employees. Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment on this story.
It’s not clear how often Microsoft updates the charts. Brad Anderson, who left Microsoft in January to become Qualtrics president of products and services, is still listed on the official org chart with his former position of CVP of commercial management experiences listed. We have removed Anderson from the org chart, but it’s possible the org chart has not been updated to reflect other changes.
Microsoft has publicly committed to improve diversity among its top executives through “intentional career planning and talent development efforts on the path to senior leadership.” However, it’s worth noting that the highest levels of the company are still largely constituted of white men, absent notable exceptions including CEO Satya Nadella and CFO Amy Hood.
Microsoft’s organizational chart has changed quite a bit over the past year after reorganizations affecting the company’s top brass.
Most recently, Kurt DelBene announced plans to retire, kicking off a reorganization across the company.
DelBene spent more than two decades at Microsoft before leaving the company in 2013 to work in President Obama’s administration. He returned to Microsoft in 2015, at the request of then-new-CEO Satya Nadella, to run the company’s corporate strategy and core services engineering organization. He plans to retire in June.
DelBene’s duties were split between three executives’ teams, according to an internal email reviewed by Insider.
The core service engineering and digital security and risks engineering teams transitioned to Scott Guthrie’s cloud and artificial intelligence organization, while business operations moved under chief financial officer Amy Hood’s finance organization. Corporate strategy moved to business development under new executive vice president of business development Chris Young.
“The organizations Kurt leads have made excellent progress toward their missions, and Kurt and I feel that bringing these teams to their closest stakeholder groups will help them drive even greater impact,” Nadella said in an internal email announcing DelBene’s retirement in January.
Microsoft in 2020 also reorganized the group behind its Windows operating system and software, including the Microsoft 365 suite of business applications and its Teams communications app, which is growing in importance at the highest levels of the company.
The reorganization in early 2020 created a new “Windows + Devices” team under Chief Product Officer Panos Panay. Panay reports to Experiences + Devices head Rajesh Jha, who in an email reviewed by Insider at the time explained the thinking behind the new team was to “streamline the decision-making process” between the formerly separate Windows Experience and Devices teams. “The Windows + Devices Team will drive end-to-end people centered innovation including the entire Windows ecosystem,” he wrote.
Kirk Koenigsbauer, formerly corporate vice president of the Microsoft 365 suite of business applications, was promoted to chief operating officer for the entire Experience + Devices Group during the reorganization.
Meanwhile, Brian MacDonald retired last year, but is still listed on the organizational chart as a “consultant.” MacDonald is known as the “father of Outlook,” Microsoft’s email software, and helped develop the Teams chat app, which is becoming one of the company’s most important products. Jeff Teper, one of the main forces behind Microsoft’s Sharepoint collaboration platform, took over for MacDonald in the early 2020 reorganization.
Also in the past year was a big shakeup in Microsoft’s business development team, during arguably one of its most ambitious years when it comes to mergers and acquisitions.
Peggy Johnson, formerly Microsoft’s top dealmaker, left the company last year to become CEO of virtual reality startup Magic Leap. Johnson was Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s first hire and a key part of transforming Microsoft into a more collaborative company.
Microsoft in November hired Chris Young to replace Johnson. Young was CEO of cybersecurity company McAfee until February. In announcing Young’s hiring, Microsoft pointed to his experience spinning McAfee out of Intel and previous leadership positions at Cisco, VMware, RSA and AOL.
Marc Brown, former global head of M&A and strategic investments and a 20-year Microsoft veteran, left the company in October right before Young’s hiring was announced. Brown joined investment firm EQT as partner and head of EQT Growth. Brown, according to EQT, led more than 185 acquisitions at Microsoft, including LinkedIn, GitHub, and “Minecraft” maker Mojang. He was also involved in 80 investments in companies like Flipkart and Databricks while at Microsoft.
Young takes over business development at Microsoft at a time when the company is looking to make big deals. Microsoft tried to acquire video app TikTok amid President Donald Trump’s attempt to pressure the company into selling, though the initiative ultimately failed, and recently paid $7.5 billion for ZeniMax Media and its games publisher Bethesda Softworks in a deal that closed this week.