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October 11, 2006 at 12:38 PM

Devenuti to retire from Microsoft

Microsoft said today that its longtime head of services and IT, Rick Devenuti, is planning to retire at the end of the year.

Devenuti’s staff was informed this morning, a company spokesman said. The 48-year-old, who has been with Microsoft since 1987, is leaving to spend more time with his family. He will stay on to aid in the search for his successor.

Devenuti is a Federal Way native and University of Washington graduate who joined the company after helping it go public when he was with the accounting firm that later became Deloitte & Touche. See Brier Dudley’s profile of Devenuti from 2003 for more details.

He spent a signficant chunk of his career as Microsoft’s chief information officer, in charge of keeping the company’s own IT systems up and running.

Devenuti, a senior vice president, is the second veteran Microsoft executive with Washington roots to end his career at the company in recent months. Brian Valentine left for Amazon.com in September.

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