Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Monday announced a trio of executive changes which come as a result of recent departures and acquisitions. Specifically, Microsoft has replaced former Xbox executive Marc Whitten with one of their own, promoted Scott Guthrie from an “acting” position to a permanent role and will hire former Nokia boss and Microsoft alum Stephen Elop to a top executive spot in the near future.
Phil Spencer will take over as the person in charge of the Xbox division after Whitten departed earlier this month to become the chief technology officer for Sonos. Under the new role, Spencer will lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox Video teams as well as Microsoft Studios.
Scott Guthrie has been promoted to executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise organization. Guthrie has led the division for the last two months so this appointment isn’t entirely unexpected.
Nadella also noted that Stephen Elop will join Microsoft as executive vice president of the devices group once the acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services unit is complete. Elop’s name was initially in the mix for the CEO gig but that obviously didn’t pan out.
If you recall, the Redmond-based company announced last September that they would buy the division for 5.4 billion euros (a bit over $7 billion USD) which includes the entire phone division, assembly facilities, design teams and sales personnel.
Nadella said he expects to close that deal by the end of April 2014.