Microsoft's Robbie Bach To Retire

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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.


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