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Microsoft’s Robbie Bach To Retire

Redmond, Wash. –
Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices (E&D) division
and a 22-year company veteran, will retire from Microsoft this fall.

Senior VP Don Mattrick
will continue to lead the interactive entertainment business, and senior VP Andy
Lees will continue to lead the mobile communications business. Each will report
directly to CEO Steve Ballmer, effective July 1.

In a statement
issued by Microsoft, Bach said he has been “so fortunate to spend more than two
decades of my life working with incredible people and doing amazing things like
launching Office, Xbox and Xbox Live, the Halo franchise, Windows Phones, Zune
and more.”

He added that he
would spend more time with his family and “my nonprofit work, including my work
with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.” Bach will remain with Microsoft
through the fall, working with Ballmer and his leadership team to ensure a
smooth transition, the company said.

Mattrick has led
the interactive entertainment business since July 2007, overseeing the
evolution of Xbox Live, the launch of blockbusters such as Halo 3, and the
much-anticipated “Project Natal.” Under Mattrick’s leadership, the global Xbox
installed base has grown to more than 40 million consoles and Xbox Live now has
more than 23 million members. Previously, Mattrick served as president of
Electronic Arts Worldwide Studios.

Lees, a 20-year
Microsoft veteran, has led the mobile communications business since February
2008 and has led Microsoft’s mobility efforts, bringing in new business and
development talent and overseeing the creation of both the Kin and Windows
Phone 7.

Microsoft also
announced that David Treadwell, corporate VP of live platform services, will
take a new position leading the core technology organization for the
interactive entertainment business, reporting to Mattrick.