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Another Change at the Microsoft Helm

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today announced a few changes to the Microsoft management team, including the naming of Rick Belluzzo as the company's new president and COO.

Belluzzo was named president and COO after the news that Bob Herbold -- Microsoft’s president and COO for the past six-and-a-half years -- decided to retire. Herbold will not entirely leave Redmond behind, but will instead act as a part-time representative for Microsoft during consumer and industry activities.

Joining Microsoft in September of 1999, Belluzzo quickly ascended the ranks. Before heading to Microsoft, he was CEO of Silicon Graphics, and was an executive vice president at Hewlett-Packard.

In his new role, Belluzzo will guide business strategy and direct business operations, sales, marketing, and business development. He will also be a strong force in directing Microsoft’s non-PC businesses. He will ultimately report to Ballmer.

By handing off some of his responsibilities to Belluzzo, Ballmer will have more time to focus on the company’s strategic direction -- working closely with Bill Gates and the other product team leaders.

Other changes to the Microsoft team include the promotion of Deborah Willingham, from vice president of Windows Division marketing to senior vice president for human resources; and John Connors, senior vice president of finance and administration and CFO -- in addition to his current duties -- will now be responsible for Microsoft’s Information Technology Group and for manufacturing/licensing operations. –Alicia Costanza

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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