Surface and Windows chief, Panos Panay is set to leave Microsoft. The consumer marketing head of Microsoft, Yusuf Mehdi, will reportedly be taking over in regards to leading the Surface and Windows business.
Windows Chief Is Set To Leave Microsoft
Panos Panay, the chief product officer at Microsoft, reportedly leading Windows development as well as the Surface line of the company, is now leaving Microsoft. Rajesh Jha, the vice president of experience and devices of Microsoft, in an email on Monday, revealed to employees: “After nearly 20 years at the company, Panos Panay has decided to leave Microsoft.”
The departure of Panay from Microsoft is somewhat abrupt. Just in the previous month, Panay mentioned that he was excited to appear at the special event of Microsoft that is set to take place on Thursday, September 21st, where the firm in question is poised to reveal the latest additions to its Surface lineup as well as “AI innovation.” Microsoft spokesperson Frank Shaw, however, tells The Verge that Panay will not appear at this week’s event.
Panay Joined Microsoft in 2004 as a Group Program Manager
Panay first joined Microsoft back in 2004 as a group program manager. And after overseeing the Surface line as well as other key products of the company, Panay became the chief product officer of the company in 2018, where he reportedly led the development of Windows 11. And in 2021, Panay was then promoted to executive vice president as part of the top leadership team that advises Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella directly.
Panay Announced the News Via X
In a post on X (which was formerly known as Twitter), Panay stated that “he’s “decided to turn the page and write the next chapter,” thus adding that he is “forever grateful for my time at Microsoft and the amazing people I had the honor to make products with.” Panay over the years has become one of the main faces of Microsoft and he is also known for always being pumped about new products.
Who Is Panay’s Replacement?
Yusuf Mehdi, the consumer marketing head at Microsoft, will “take on the responsibility of leading the Windows and Surface businesses with our OEM and Retail partners.” The organizational shift in question comes at a really busy time for Microsoft, as it reportedly doubles down on adding AI features to Windows 11, while the rumored release of Windows 12 is also expected to arrive in the coming year.
Yusuf Mehdi’s Statement Regarding the New Role
“Thank you, Panos, for your impact on our products, culture, company, and industry over the past two decades,” Nadella in a statement said. “I’m grateful for your leadership, support, and all you’ve done for Microsoft and our customers and partners. As Rajesh stated, we remain steadfast and convicted in our strategy and Yusuf Mehdi will take the lead on our Windows and Surface businesses and products externally.”
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