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October 6, 2006 at 3:23 PM

Head of MSFT Germany says auf Wiedersehen

Bloomberg is reporting that Juergen Gallmann is leaving Microsoft over a dispute about “future direction” of the company in Germany.

The 44-year-old chairman of Microsoft’s operations in Germany and vice president the Microsoft EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), Gallmann . Here’s his company bio. It’s in German. Paste the Web address into Babel Fish for a translation.

According to Bloomberg, Gallmann asked Microsoft to terminate his contract and will leave at year’s end. He’s been in his current position since November 2002. Microsoft said Klaus Holse Andersenwill was appointed to lead the German operation in the interim.

Bloomberg cited a report in Manager Magazine earlier this year saying Gallmann missed sales growth targets.

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