Microsoft confirmed on Friday that longtime executive Sanjay Parthasarathy is leaving the software maker after 19 years.
Parthasarathy, the corporate vice president in charge of Microsoft's Startup Business Accelerator program, plans to retire from the company in September, a Microsoft representative said. Microsoft said his departure had been planned for some time and that it is unrelated to recent job cuts at the company.
His responsibilities will be taken over by Amit Mital, who runs the "Unlimited Potential" unit that handles emerging markets. Mital will handle duties for both units, though they will remain separate operations. Mital, like Parthasarathy, reports to chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie.
Prior to heading the start-up unit, Parthasarathy had been running Microsoft's developer and platform evangelism team--the group responsible for efforts such as Channel 9 and the Imagine Cup competition.
He joined Microsoft in August 1990 as a product manager in the Windows multimedia group.
Parthasarathy's departure was reported earlier Friday by PaidContent.org.