Former Office leader returns to Microsoft to head up corporate strategy

Kurt DelBene, the former VP of Microsoft's Office division who left the company in late 2013, is returning to Microsoft to be the company's new vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning. He will report directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

DelBene left Microsoft in December 2013 to help improve the US government's website under an appointment by President Barack Obama. Before returning to Microsoft, he also served as a partner at the Madrona Venture Group, an investment organization that helps to fund technology startups in the Pacific Northwest.

Microsoft said:

"DelBene will serve on the Senior Leadership Team, and will lead both cross-engineering and cross-business strategy and execution initiatives with an emphasis on opportunities that span product and engineering boundaries. In this role, he will focus on identifying future investments and opportunities; working with other senior executives to ensure end-to-end execution; and assisting the CEO in communicating, executing and sustaining strategic initiatives.""I'm excited to rejoin Microsoft," DelBene said. "My time in Washington and in working with startups has brought a fresh appreciation for the challenges our industry faces, and the ways Microsoft has the talent and ambition to tackle these challenges in creative ways."

DelBene worked at Microsoft for 21 years before he left in 2013. He was the leader of the Office division from 2010 to 2013 where he helped to launch the company's Office 365 subscription service.

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham