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Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois departs amid layoffs; Kurt DelBene named chief digital officer
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Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois departs amid layoffs; Kurt DelBene named chief digital officer

Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois departs amid layoffs; Kurt DelBene named chief digital officerMicrosoft’s Chief Info Officer Jim DuBois has left his submit, the corporate confirmed Friday.

DuBois was on sabbatical and determined to go away Microsoft as a part of the reorganization of its global sales staff, which additionally consists of 1000’s of job cuts. DuBois was named CIO in 2013, and he had been with Microsoft since 1993, the place he labored in a wide range of roles, principally centered on info expertise.

Kurt DelBene is stepping as much as fill the void of DuBois’ departure beneath his new title of chief digital officer. DelBene at present focuses on company technique, and his new function may even see him working intently with core engineering groups throughout the corporate in addition to IT. DelBene may even oversee the corporate’s digital transformation efforts.

The Puget Sound Business Journal first reported on DuBois’ departure.

DelBene, who’s married to U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, labored at Microsoft for 21 years, rising to the title of president of the corporate’s Workplace division, earlier than leaving in 2013. He left after being appointed by President Obama to supervise the implementation and enchancment of the Reasonably priced Care Act web site, Healthcare.gov. He additionally frolicked as a enterprise companion at Madrona Enterprise Group earlier than returning to Microsoft in 2015 as government vice chairman of company technique and planning.

Microsoft confirmed the layoffs Thursday, saying the vast majority of jobs anticipated to be eradicated are outdoors the U.S. Microsoft didn’t give specifics numbers, however CNBC reported the layoffs characterize roughly 10 p.c of Microsoft’s whole salesforce.

Widespread rumors of layoffs within the 1000’s began percolating final week. That was adopted by an internal memo to employees Monday detailing a shift in Microsoft’s shopper and business companies and the way it sells cloud providers.

These adjustments level to a purpose of focusing extra intently on Microsoft’s rising cloud computing enterprise. Microsoft’s business cloud run fee hit $15.2 billion throughout the March quarter, up from $14 billion within the earlier quarter. In the meantime, income within the firm’s clever cloud group grew by 93 p.c to $6.8 billion within the quarter.

Microsoft’s fiscal year ended on June 30, and large adjustments and layoff bulletins have historically come round this time, tied to the corporate’s transfer into a brand new fiscal yr, which began on July 1.

Final July, Microsoft cut 2,850 people from its smartphone and gross sales groups. Across the similar time, COO Kevin Turner left the corporate after greater than a decade on the Redmond expertise large.

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