As part of a reorg, Microsoft just moved a team from its Azure cloud business into the organization responsible for Windows, Surface devices, and Microsoft 365.
Microsoft 365 is the bundle of business applications that includes the Office 365 productivity suite, collaboration tools like OneDrive and SharePoint, the Microsoft Teams chat app, and even the Windows 10 operating system itself.
The Microsoft 365 bundle represents a huge portion of Microsoft's catalogue of cloud software — an area where it has a clear advantage in the cloud wars over rivals like Amazon Web Services and Google's G Suite.
Below are the 22 power players behind Microsoft 365.
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Microsoft just bolstered the organization responsible for Windows, Surface devices, and its Microsoft 365 bundle of business applications with some internal cloud talent.
The company recently relocated a team from its Azure cloud business to this organization, known as "experiences and devices," according to longtime Microsoft pundit Brad Sams, writing for Petri.com, "to help the Windows/Surface teams build more cohesive experiences that the company hopes customers will love and push the Surface team to create better products as well."
The experiences and devices team is responsible for a big part of Microsoft's business. Microsoft 365, for example, is the company's a bundle of business apps, introduced in 2017, that includes Office 365 – cloud-based versions of the company's flagship productivity applications such as Word and Excel – collaboration tools like OneDrive and SharePoint, the Microsoft Teams chat app, and even the Windows 10 operating system itself. The strategy, the company has said, is to make it easier for customers to adopt the best of Microsoft, all at once.
The latest changes come after the company earlier this year notified employees about a significant reorganization, which took effect Feb. 25, affecting the Windows experience and devices teams, according to an internal memo obtained by Business Insider.
That represents a big chunk of Microsoft's lineup of cloud software products, an area where it has a clear advantage in the cloud wars with Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud. AWS doesn't have a cloud software business to speak of, while Google's G Suite only accounts for a sliver of the market compared with the juggernaut that is Microsoft Office.
United under the banner of Microsoft 365, these power players are helping the company in "moving closer toward a comprehensive enterprise application ecosystem," Nucleus Research analyst Andrew MacMillen recently told Business Insider.
Here are the 21 power players behind Microsoft 365:Rajesh Jha, executive VP of Experiences & Devices
Rajesh Jha leads Microsoft's Experiences and Devices group.
Jha's purview includes Windows client, Office Product Group, the New Experiences and Technology team (charged with finding new ways to engage Microsoft customers) and Enterprise Mobility and Management (which runs Windows Enterprise deployment and management).
Jha was the one who notified Microsoft employees about the big reorganization in early February.
Jha has been on Microsoft's leadership team since 2006, and has worked at Microsoft since he finished graduate school in 2000.
Panos Panay, chief product officer
Panos Panay now runs the Windows + Devices Team created through the reorganization.
As Jha explained it, the new team "will drive end-to-end people centered innovation including the entire Windows ecosystem," he said in the email to employees. "The joining of these teams will streamline the decision-making process to help us deliver the best device experience from silicon through the OS for our customers on OEM and Surface Devices."
Panay is generally considered the driving force behind Microsoft's line of Surface products.
Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of Microsoft 365
Kirk Koenigsbauer is the corporate vice president responsible for product marketing and management for Microsoft 365.
Koenigsbauer's purview includes the overall Microsoft 365 bundle, Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and the IT security and management tool Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).
Koenigsbauer originally started working at Microsoft in 1992, but left in 1998 and did a three-year stint at Amazon. He rejoined Microsoft in 2002 as a corporate vice president.
Koenigsbauer in 2015 was notably the first Microsoft executive ever to grace the stage at an Apple product event.
Now that the reorg has taken effect, Koenigsbauer will report directly to Jha as the chief operating officer for the Experience and Devices group.
Jared Spataro, corporate vice president of Microsoft 365
Jared Spataro runs Microsoft 365 marketing, which according to Microsoft includes business management, product marketing and go-to-market programs for the suite of applications.
Spataro was tasked with public communications related to Microsoft ending support Windows 7 its operating system used on millions of PCs since its launch in 2009, and encouraged users to upgrade to Windows 10 or buy new PCs that come preinstalled with it.
The successful upgrade push helped make Microsoft's most recent quarter the best for its Windows business in terms of growth since CEO Satya Nadella took over in 2014.
Spataro joined Microsoft in 2006 as a director for Microsoft's SharePoint collaboration platform.
Brian MacDonald, corporate vice president of Microsoft Teams
Brian MacDonald is retiring from Microsoft once the reorg goes into place — but in the interim, he's the corporate vice president of the Microsoft Teams chat app.
MacDonald is a legend within Microsoft, known as the "father of Outlook," the company's flagship email product. He led Microsoft's push to create Teams, the fast-growing chat app, by taking a small group of engineers to his fruit plantation in Maui to hack it together.
"In-between writing lines of code, the team spent their days hiking, riding tractors, picking food from the land, all to inspire new ways of thinking about the essence of teamwork, how technology can take collaboration to new levels, and what Microsoft could uniquely offer," according to Microsoft. "By the end, they left with the crystallizing idea that they wanted to build a service that made it frictionless for individuals and teams to create, collaborate and 'work in the open.'"
Teams has more than 20 million daily active users, according to Microsoft – more than rival Slack, although Slack has taken issue with Microsoft's accounting since Teams comes bundled with Microsoft 365.
Jeff Teper, corporate vice president of Office 365
Jeff Teper is corporate vice president of Microsoft's Office 365 cloud-based suite of productivity tools. He'll also take over Microsoft Teams chat app when MacDonald retires.
Teper runs design, product and engineering for products including core Office applications such as Word and Excel, OneDrive file storage system and collaboration platform SharePoint.
Teper joined Microsoft in 1992 and is best known as a co-creator of Microsoft SharePoint, which is now an industry-standard way for teams to share files and work with each other.
Perry Clarke, corporate vice president of Microsoft 365
Perry Clarke is the Microsoft 365 corporate vice president responsible for the core platform and artificial intelligence experience.
He's a Microsoft distinguished engineer who joined the company after working on neutron scattering work at the experimental reactor at Riso Lab in Denmark.
Clarke's purview includes Microsoft's bot framework and cognitive services, which is a collection of AI tools for vision, speech, language, knowledge and search; Microsoft Search, a search tool for businesses within Microsoft 365; AI intelligence throughout Microsoft 365; and the Intelligent Office Graph, which helps track information as it moves across Office 365.
Jon Tinter, corporate vice president of business development for Microsoft 365 & Search, Ads, and News
Jon Tinter is the corporate vice president of business development for Microsoft 365 & Search, Ads, and News.
The 13-year Microsoft veteran runs strategy for products including Microsoft 365 when it comes to growth, mergers and acquisitions, commercial partnerships and strategic investments.
Tinter's strategic leadership also includes products such as Windows, Surface devices, search products like Bing and Microsoft Search, plus Microsoft News and the company's digital advertising business.
Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft Commercial Management Experiences
Brad Anderson is corporate vice president of Microsoft Commercial Management Experiences, which means he runs the team responsible for Microsoft 365 Modern Workplace products for businesses.
Specifically, Anderson oversees engineering and strategic leadership for security platform Enterprise Mobility + Security – a key part of Microsoft 365– and the Microsoft product for managing large groups of computers running Windows, called System Center Configuration Manager.
Anderson's team include engineers who work on Microsoft 365 customer deployment and usage, Windows commercial products, management and security of PCs and mobile devices.
Emma Williams, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office Vertical Solutions
As Microsoft Office Vertical Solutions corporate vice president, Emma Williams runs Office 365 solutions for industry verticals including health care, financial services, retail, manufacturing, and government.
One of the biggest changes Satya Nadella has made at Microsoft is shifting the company from a focus on making general-purpose products to ones that can be tuned for specific industries, a Microsoft executive recently told Business Insider.
Williams – a 16-year veteran of Microsoft – helps make that happen.
Now that the reorg has taken effect, Williams will report directly to Jha as a member of the Experiences and Devices leadership group.
Jon Friedman, corporate vice president of Microsoft Design & Research
Jon Friedman is corporate vice president of Microsoft Design & Research, a position he describes on his LinkedIn profile as "the chief designer of Microsoft Office products."
Friedman – responsible for the last major redesign of Microsoft Office – leads a team of 250 employees who research and design Microsoft products, including within Microsoft 365.
Sumit Chauhan, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office Engineering
Sumit Chauhan is Microsoft's Office Engineering corporate vice president, meaning she runs engineering for flagship products including Word and PowerPoint across mobile, web and desktop.
Chauhan's team is also responsible for infusing artificial intelligence into Microsoft's Office 365 cloud-based suite of productivity tools.
Chauhan is a 24-year veteran of Microsoft who joined the company as a principal software developer in 1996.
Jaime Teevan, chief scientist of Microsoft Experiences & Devices
Jamie Teevan is the chief scientist for Microsoft Devices and Experiences, which means she's the brains behind Microsoft's productivity innovations. She works with Microsoft's research team to get experts who can help contribute to the company's updates in productivity — across software and devices.
She has been at Microsoft since 2006 and was previously a technical advisor to CEO Satya Nadella and a principal researcher at Microsoft Research AI, where she led the productivity team.
She is an award-winning and leading computer scientist in her field, known particularly for her research on human-computer interaction and information retrieval and personalized search.
Tara Roth, corporate vice president of Office Customer Success Engineering (CSE)
Tara Roth heads up the Office Customer Success Engineering team and looks at a few areas all linked to how Microsoft interacts with its customers. Her team is in charge of customer support, the help pages, and anything else that helps customers use Microsoft products.
Her team is a key part of Microsoft's process for releasing new products and answering customer questions and concerns.
Roth has been at Microsoft for 27 years, starting as an engineer in 1992.
Ales Holecek, corporate vice president of Office Engineering
Ales Holecek is the corporate vice president of the engineering team that builds Microsoft Office applications. His team helps deliver the "modern office experience" to Microsoft customers.
Prior to joining the Office team, Holecek worked on the Windows Developer Ecosystem and Platform team, helping third party developers build on top of the Windows platform. As part of that he designed and built the Universal Windows Platform, an ambitious push to unify app development across Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, and the Xbox One gaming console.
He's been at Microsoft since 2004. Now that the reorg has taken effect, Holecek and Joe Belfiore will lead Microsoft's Office and Office Experience Group team as "a product/engineering duo."
Guarav Sareen, corporate vice president of Communication & Time Management
Guarav Sareen leads the Communications and Time Management organization at Microsoft, overseeing engineering and product teams for Outlook, Skype and the Yammer corporate social network. Prior to that, he led the engineering team for Outlook.
Soon after Sareen joined Microsoft in 2001, he became of the engineers that helped build the Bing search engine. He continued to develop and grow Bing until 2016, when he switched gears to lead Outlook.
Harvinder Bhela, corporate vice president of Microsoft 365 Security & Compliance
Harvinder Bhela is in charge of product, engineering and research for Microsoft's security and compliance business. His team develops security and compliance tools that help Microsoft 365 customers make sure their employees are working safely and securely, while also integrating with other products.
On his LinkedIn, Bhela calls the security and compliance "perhaps one of the largest growth engines for the M365 business," given that its a market worth over $50 billion per year.
Bhela has worked at Microsoft for 23 years, previously working in the Exchange, Outlook/Outlook.com, Office and Windows divisions.
Hayete Gallot, vice president of Modern Workplace WCB
Hayete Gallot runs the sales team for the Modern Workplace Solutions team, helping to get Microsoft products in the hands of more businesses, and similarly to help those companies through their digital transformation.
She's got experience working both for the software and hardware divisions at Microsoft. Prior to her current role, she led the team responsible for developing new business models for Office products. Before that, she played a key role in developing Microsoft's Surface tablet division into a multi-billion-dollar business.
Rob Lefferts, corporate vice president of Microsoft 365 Security & Compliance
Rob Lefferts is in charge of making sure Microsoft 365 has simple and clear security for users across all its products. Prior to this role, he led the Windows Enterprise & Security team, and was responsible for the significant security upgrades in Windows 10.
He's been at the company for 22 years, and has played a key role in developing many of Microsoft's technologies, and was a major driver in the creation of the Microsoft 365 strategy in the first place.
Joy Chik, corporate vice president of Microsoft Identity, Cloud & Enterprise
Joy Chik is the corporate vice president for the Identity division in Microsoft's Cloud + AI group. She's responsible for a variety of cloud and identity management products, including Active Directory, the backbone of login security for Windows and other Microsoft products.
Chik's role is key to every product Microsoft makes. Whenever any Microsoft product asks you to log in — from the Xbox games console to the Office 365 suite — chances are pretty good that it's using technology from Chik's team at some layer.
Chik has been at the company for 22 years, starting as a software design engineer in 1998.
Bob Davis, corporate vice president of Microsoft 365 & Security
Bob Davis is responsible for ensuring Microsoft customers across all industries (commercial, education, and public sector) are satisfied with the products. In his role he is in charge of the engineering and commercial & partner teams that help get a product ready for the market.
Davis helped to build the first version of Office 365, Microsoft's cloud-based subscription suite of productivity tools.
He joined the company in 1993 and helped it through its transition to the cloud computing era.
Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Essential Products Group (EPIC)
Joe Belfiore leads the engineering team that is responsible for Windows 10 and Microsoft's other "essential products" including Microsoft Edge, Microsoft News, OneNote, Education products, and mobile applications for iOS and Android.
Amid an executive shuffle in the division, Belfiore will soon switch over the the Office side of the company, to lead Microsoft's Office and Office experience group with Ales Holecek "as a product/engineering duo."
Since joining Microsoft in 1990, Belfiore has had a crucial role in building some of the most significant features for the Windows platform. That includes things like the Start Button in Windows 10 and the Cortana digital assistant.
He's been at Microsoft since 2004. Now that the reorg has taken effect, Belfiore and Ales Holecek will lead Microsoft's Office and Office Experience Group team as "a product/engineering duo."