It was only in February that Microsoft Surface CEO Panos Panay was promoted to lead the company’s entire Windows software and device team, and now he’s moving up the world again – he becomes an executive vice president who becomes part of the Senior Leadership Team that provides advice to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella herself, reports Bloomberg.
We have interviewed him many times over the years, and not just because he is one of the company’s faces – as Microsoft’s product director, he has had a direct hand in creating and introducing many of Microsoft̵
From a corporate point of view, this means that Windows will have a place at the senior management table for the first time since former Windows CEO Terry Myerson left in 2018, which makes sense: then Nadella believed in a switch from Windows to the cloud, but he recently changed his mind.
It is not clear what the move means for Rajesh Jha, who served as Microsoft’s EVP for experiences and devices last time we checked, or others on Microsoft’s lead page, for that matter. It appears that it has recently been replaced by a smaller list of “Executive Officers” instead of the previous list of “Senior Leaders”, but a number of Microsoft’s other EVPs such as Xbox CEO Phil Spencer and Cloud + AI chief Scott Guthrie has not returned to the list yet, and there is no evidence that their roles have changed at all.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella herself recently became more powerful than ever: in June, he was unanimously elected chairman of the board in addition to the CEO, the first person to hold both roles in Microsoft since Bill Gates himself.
Panay also joined Sonos’ board late last year.