Bob Muglia, president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools business, is leaving the company after 23 years.
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, announced Muglia’s departure in an email to employees on Monday:
“Bob has been a founder and leader of our server business from its earliest inception. He has led our Developer, Office, and Mobile Devices Divisions, and key parts of Windows NT and our Online Services business. I’ve worked with him in many capacities over the years and I’ve always appreciated his customer focus, technical depth, people leadership skills, and his positive energy. I want to thank Bob for his hard work, many accomplishments, and his focus on putting Microsoft first for 23 years.”
Muglia’s departure comes at a time when Microsoft’s Server and Tools business has been performing well. The division has grown well over the past few years and made $5.5 billion in operating profit in fiscal 2010. His departure is the fourth top Microsoft executive to quit in the company in just a year. Muglia will depart the company in the Summer, giving the software giant time to recruit a new Server and Tools leader.
Neither Microsoft or Muglia would clarify exactly why the two are parting company. Bob Muglia sent an email to employees on Monday simply confirming he is “moving on to new opportunities outside of Microsoft. TechFlash reports that some industry analysts were shocked by the news. “I’m shocked, honestly,” said Rob Helm, managing vice president of the Directions on Microsoft research firm in Kirkland, via phone this morning. “It seems like a great loss at a really important time in the development of those products.” He pointed in particular to Windows Azure, the cloud computing platform.
Muglia was responsible for Microsoft’s infrastructure software, developer tools, and cloud platform, including products such as Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center and the Windows Azure Platform.