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Tech Moves: Microsoft leader Joe Belfiore to retire; Fabric adds CPO; Mariners hire Expedia exec

Joe Belfiore, a corporate vice president at Microsoft who first joined the tech giant 32 years ago, is retiring.

Belfiore announced the news Thursday in a tweet. He is staying at the company until next summer to help with the transition and he’ll focus on his family after departing.

ZDNet reported that Belfiore’s move “was a personal decision, not a forced one.”

Belfiore joined Microsoft in 1990, working on the Windows 95 team. He spent time with various other groups, including Internet Explorer and Windows Phone. He was a corporate vice president for Windows 10 and in 2020 took on the same role for the Office Product Group. “I act as ‘head of product’ for Office, partnering across MS on cross-platform experiences and services,” Belfiore notes on his LinkedIn.

Ales Holecek, who has led Office with Belfiore, will continue to lead the group, according to an internal email cited by ZDNet. Sumit Chauhan will be a new co-leader with Holecek.

We’ve reached out to Microsoft for more details and will update when we hear back.

Other key personnel changes across the Pacific Northwest tech ecosystem:

 Amazon Web Services exec Pravin Raj is stepping down after being named in a lawsuit against Amazon, Protocol reported.

— Seattle e-commerce startup Fabric hired Yon Nuta, former exec at babylon Health, as its first chief product officer.

The Seattle Mariners hired Katherine Cheng, a longtime exec at Expedia and former Microsoft and Starbucks manager, as its first vice president of people & culture and DEI.

— Hillsboro, Ore.-based hardware company MTI hired three new execs: Ben Duster as CFO, Allen Auchenpaugh as senior VP of global services; and SK Panda as senior VP of sales.

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