One Commercial Partner chief out at Microsoft

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Huddleston is going on family leave, Microsoft has confirmed to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley. In his place, Gavriella Schuster, who previously reported to Huddleston for worldwide channels and programs, according to a separate report by Redmond Channel Partner. It's not clear if or when Huddleston will return to Microsoft.

Huddleston previously spent time at both Salesforce and Oracle (opens in new tab) before joining Microsoft in June of 2016. At Microsoft, Huddleston headed up the launch of the One Commercial partner group{.nofollow} as a way to establish and bolster partnerships with enterprise and business customers.

Gavriella Schuster, Huddleston's reported replacement, has been with Microsoft since 1995 and currently serves as Corporate Vice President of Commercial Partner Channels and Programs. Schuster has also done work with Windows, Cloud and Enterprise, and partner organizations.

Huddleston's leave comes following a year of reorganization for Microsoft's sales teams, resulting in around 3,000 layoffs.

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  • This would be the perfect time to switch up the advertising focus to something that will not be ridiculous and could help Microsoft's reputation in consumer eyes. Focusing on what Microsoft's strengths are and not other companies weaknesses.
  • @Copiodor. That could be misconstrued heavily. As per Satya Nadella's open letter to the employees, he said they will focus on Microsofts strengths, fast foward to today and Microsoft has focused on nothing but short term profit gains in the name of focusing on strengths (primarily productivity) whilst cannibalising sales of their own mobile ecosystem. As well as completely foregoing the consumer market as the enterprise market is one Microsoft's strengths. So yeah, I wouldn't say focus on their strengths but to live up to their own words - emppwering users to do more on their OWN platform and ecosystem first before their competition.
  • This is an interesting development... hmm..