As Stephen Elop Is Coming Back To Lead Devices Team At Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green Moves On To New Role

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As Microsoft and Nokia are close to completing the acquisition deal, both the companies are aligning themselves to start working on respective companies from Day 1 once the deal is completed. Nokia has already started reporting Devices and Services division under separate category in its financial reports. Nokia’s HERE team, CTO office has moved to different campus in Finland. Microsoft is also making some changes to accommodate the incoming Nokia group. The main change is that Stephen Elop will become the EVP of Devices division at Microsoft. Currently, Julie Larson-Green is looking after that job at Microsoft, and since the deal is close to completion, she is now moving on to new role at Microsoft. Larson-Green will become chief experience officer for products including Bing, Office and Skype, among others products. She’ll report to Qi Lu, the executive vice president who leads the Applications and Services Group. Read more about her role from the internal mail sent by Julie to Application and Services group below,

From: Julie Larson-Green
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014
Subject: FW: ASG Organizational Announcement


As you will read in the notes below from Qi and Satya, I’ve accepted a new challenge, leading the My Life & Work team in ASG and serving as the Chief Experience Officer (CXO). As hard as it is for me to leave Devices & Studios, I’m thrilled about this opportunity. In working with company leaders this year to establish our One Microsoft vision and plan, I thought about ways I could have impact on helping Microsoft prepare for the future and innovate. My discussions with Satya and Qi made clear this is a critical space to drive new thinking and an essential way to help the shape the company’s direction. I’m looking forward to developing the Digital Life & Digital Work Experience Substrate that powers modern digital experiences regardless of device, as well as working across ASG to strengthen customer experiences.

I want to thank each and every one of you for welcoming me and supporting me as the leader of Devices & Studios over the past 7 months. I’m very proud of what we have accomplished during such a short timeframe. We launched Xbox One, Surface 2 & Pro 2, blockbuster games like Forza and Ryse, a brand new Xbox Music and Video service, PPI, and some amazing unannounced innovations just to name a few – incredibly impressive!

Our opportunity to grow as a world-class devices and experiences company is greater than ever, and I have every belief that as One Microsoft we’re on the right path. The addition of Nokia Devices & Services into the DnS family will add tremendous scale, talent and opportunity for our future.

I’ll remain in role leading the DnS organization in the interim until the Nokia deal closes and Stephen Elop makes his transition to Microsoft. We’ve been meeting regularly throughout and are making a lot of progress, ensuring our teams are ready for the Day 1 close and beyond.

You are all in great hands with Stephen and already we’ve shared a lot with him and his LT from Nokia regarding all of the fantastic people, teams and products in DnS. I also know many of you are looking forward to welcoming the Nokia team and working more closely with them.

As I look to the future, I’m reminded of a favorite Chinese proverb: “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.”

I encourage you all to stay focused on the journey and opportunities ahead, and know that I’ll be there in step with you as we launch the next chapter of Microsoft.

Thank you,


Source: Geekwire

  • Tirinti

    elop is not qualified enough to lead toilet cleaning team.
    He doesn’t know the difference between a smartphone and a camera or between professional user and a hipster.

    • MSphan

      You may be right but he deserves to be rewarded for being a good little puppet at Nokia! Let’s just be thankful the Board was smarter then giving the CEO job to this guy!

    • Nham Thien Duong

      True, but he did Microsoft Nokia’s mobile division, which secures Windows Phone’s further advancements, and because of Nokia’s past dedication to Windows Phone 9 new O.E.M.’s have joint, there are quite some advantages to him, but he was the one who sabotaged Nokia even when he was C.E.O. of a Canadian company (note that this was BEFORE he joined Microsoft), his only talent is ruining Nokia, the next thing we’ll see him do is probably ruining HERE Maps or something, no matter where in the world he is, he will probably end up hurting Nokia even more. :-

      • Tirinti

        Lumias are the worst WP devices. And Microsoft commitment to Nokia caused losing intrest of Samsung and HTC.
        and because Microsoft were developing support for too large cameras, the WP8.1 has been delayed. and because of Nokia stupid ideas, WP is now fragmented.
        And there are the Here apps, that comes with free maps on Nokias, but are vary poor quality, but because they are free (well they are not, the Lumias are overpriced) other companies like TomTom not released theier WP versions.
        So I hopped he would become Here CEO.

        • Orc

          HTC and Samsung made halfassed attemp on WP smartphones, there is a reason why people buy Nokia WP.

          As for Here maps, do you have any idea that they are the worlds biggest map provider?

    • Orc

      Sound like pure BS to me. I’m sure an armchair expert like you are more qualified?

  • donzebe

    Don’t worry, if he uses the word “Nokia X” one more time we will fired him and give back your job.

  • ZappyKins

    Since he wanted to sell of Xbox isn’t this a really bad idea?

    • Orc

      He didn’t. According to a journalist, he was going to sell it if it didn’t fit their overall strategy. Basically if Xbox made zero sense from a business strategy, it would make zero sense to keep it.

      • ZappyKins

        Ah, that makes more since. I have a feeling he could be really aggressive and tough on the competition. Don seemed more like an easy going guy.
        Guess we will find out at E3!

  • SategB

    Do you think Elop will still want to jettison Xbox and Surface now that he running the Division?

    Could be why they gave it to him, he either help sale or bankrupt every business he been involved in, now he gets to do the same for devices.