Microsoft's head of corporate strategy is leaving the company in June

Microsoft logo
Microsoft logo (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Kurt DelBene will leave Microsoft at the end of this fiscal year.
  • DelBene is Microsoft's executive vice president and head of corporate strategy and core services engineering
  • DelBene is also on Microsoft's Senior Leadership Team.

Kurt DelBene, Microsoft executive vice president and head of corporate strategy and core services engineering, will leave the company at the end of the 2021 fiscal year. DelBene will not be replaced by one individual. Instead, his job is being split between multiple executives. In addition to these roles, DelBene is also a member of Microsoft's Senior Leadership Team.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told Microsoft employees about DelBene's plans on January 25, 2021 (via ZDNet).

DelBene first joined Microsoft in 1992 and later led the companies engineering and marketing for Office. In 2013, DelBene left Microsoft and became a senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to help with the Affordable Care Act enrollment website. DelBene then worked at Madrona Venture Group starting in 2014.

In 2015, DelBene returned to Microsoft to lead its corporate strategy and core services engineering. His role included being in charge of leading Microsoft's cross-engineering and cross-business strategy.

DelBene also helped Nadella identify investments and execute strategic initiatives. Most recently, DelBene's role at Microsoft included leading the company's response to the current global pandemic.

According to Nadella, the core services engineering and digital security and risk engineering aspects of DelBene's job will transition to executive vice president Scott Guthrie's Cloud and AI organization. Microsoft business operations will move to finance under the leadership of chief financial officer Amy Hood. Corporate strategy will move to the new business development organization under Chris Young.

A more complete summary of DelBene's history at Microsoft can be found in a Microsoft news post.

Sean Endicott
News Writer and apps editor

Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at