As Microsoft goes through a major corporate shakeup, it seems to have made some other shifts and changes in its leadership recently. A company spokesperson told CNET that Microsoft quietly moved mobile guru Andy Lees to the head of corporate development and strategy about a month ago.
Lees has been with the company for more than 20 years. Less than a year ago, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer changed Lees from being president of the Windows Phone division to a vaguely described job that had Lees focusing on a set of projects with Windows Phone and Windows 8. In this role, he spearheaded a joint venture with Barnes & Noble creating a Nook app for Windows 8.
Microsoft announced yesterday that Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky is leaving the company and Julie Larson-Green is being promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering. While Sinofsky is known for being an intelligent executive, he also has a reputation for being difficult to work with.