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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

September 19, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Microsoft eliminates senior vice presidents — at least the title

There are no more senior vice presidents at Microsoft.

According to the software giant:

“Microsoft has eliminated the title of Senior Vice President. This does not change the level or compensation of any of our executives, it’s just part of an ongoing effort to make our title structure as streamlined and consistent as possible. Streamlining our title system will also make it easier for our senior leaders to move into new roles across the company, as we tackle new opportunities.”

Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet notes that:

At Microsoft, Senior Vice Presidents have been one level above Corporate Vice Presidents. Within the past few weeks, Microsoft quietly has been shifting the titles of a handful of its top execs from Senior VP to Corporate VP (or, in a couple of cases, something different). Among those affected: Chris Jones, now Corporate Vice President of Windows Live; Rick Rashid, now listed as Chief Research Officer; Brad Smith, now listed as an Executive Vice President and General Counsel; and Soma Somasegar, newly titled as Corporate VP of the Microsoft Developer Division.

She also notes that former senior VPs Lisa Brummel (head of human resources) is now chief people officer, Chris Capossela (head of central marketing) is now chief marketing officer, and Jon DeVaan (head of Windows Development), is now a corporate VP.

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