(CTN News) – In a significant departure for the company’s hardware and Windows divisions, Microsoft Corp. announced that its chief product officer will be leaving the company.
According to Rajesh Jha, executive vice president of the experiences and devices group at Google, Panos Panay will remain in the role long enough to help his replacements transition into the position, which was announced in an email to employees on Monday by Panos Panay.
Having been with Microsoft since 2004,
Panay played a pivotal role in the company’s hardware efforts as the head of the Surface computer division and, more recently, as the head of the Windows division.
In the future, Pavan Davuluri will be in charge of overseeing operating systems, devices, and chips in areas such as desktop clients, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence.
Jha said that Yusuf Mehdi will work in partnership with computer manufacturers and retailers to develop retail partnerships.
“Thank you, Panos, for the valuable contribution you have made to the products, culture, company, and industry over the past two decades,” Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said in a statement, adding that the company will “remain steadfast and convicted in our strategy going forward.”
During the launch of the Surface tablets, Microsoft’s first piece of computer hardware, Panay served as the company’s general manager at the time.
As a result of his leadership, the company has expanded into laptops, desktops, and accessories as well. Considering how glitzy and high-quality the launch events were and how much attention was paid to details and design quality, the devices attracted comparisons to Apple products.
As a result, Microsoft has scaled back its Surface operation, axing employees and reducing the number of slow-selling products that it offers. In addition, the company’s HoloLens mixed-reality goggles project, spearheaded by Panay since 2022, has also been struggling due to delays in a contract with the US Army.
Davuluri has been with for over 20 years, and he is a vice president in Windows and Device Engineering, where he has led the silicon and systems integration teams.
He has worked at Microsoft for more than 30 years and came to prominence in the 1990s when he was the head of the marketing campaigns for Internet Explorer. In addition to Xbox, he has worked at Microsoft, Bing, and Windows over the course of his career.