After Don Mattrick’s departure from Microsoft, former CEO Steve Ballmer reorganized Microsoft and put Julie Larson-Green at the head of the company’s new Devices and Studios division. Just two months after her July 2013 appointment, Larson-Green’s status became unclear when Microsoft acquired Nokia’s devices and services businesses.
The Nokia acquisition heralded the return of Stephen Elop, who was tapped to lead Devices and Studios. Now that Satya Nadella has been appointed CEO and Elop is set to return, Larson-Green is making an internal move.
Her new role is chief experience officer of the applications and services group. She’ll head a team called “My Life & Work,” which will be focused on digital experiences across devices. Larson-Green will begin her new role following the the completion of the Nokia deal and Elop’s return to Microsoft, where he previously served as head of the business division.
Larson-Green only served as the head of devices and studios for seven months, though in that time the Xbox One and the Surface 2 were launched. We are interested in how Stephen Elop will approach his new role, especially as a vocal minority (reportedly representing under 1 percent of outstanding shares) are clamoring for Microsoft to jettison the Xbox operation.