REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 27, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the promotion of Harel Kodesh and Moshe Lichtman to vice president.
Kodesh, vice president of consumer appliances, manages the development and marketing of the Microsoft® Windows® CE operating system and its embedded development kits as well as categories of information appliances that run on Windows CE, such as the Handheld PC, Palm-size PC, Auto PC and Sega Dreamcast. Kodesh reports to Craig Mundie, senior vice president of the consumer platforms group.
Lichtman will assume the new role of vice president, digital TV platform strategy, and will report to Paul Maritz, group vice president of platforms and applications. Lichtman will coordinate efforts under way in Microsoft groups such as Windows, Windows CE, WebTV Networks and the interactive media group to provide a strategic focus for the company’s infrastructure for future television-related products.
“We are delighted to recognize the truly valuable contributions that Harel Kodesh and Moshe Lichtman have made to Microsoft,”
said Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of Microsoft.
“Harel has overseen the development and introduction of our Windows-CE based products, and the success that these products are now enjoying is in large part owing to his skill, enthusiasm and hard work. Moshe did an incredible job raising Softimage to new levels in terms of its product strategy and ability to develop large, complex software products. He was central to laying the foundation that Avid, the new owner of Softimage, can build on.”
Prior to running the consumer appliances effort, Kodesh managed the object linking and embedding (OLE) team charged with developing new object technology for Microsoft Windows. Before joining Microsoft in 1991, Kodesh was responsible for developing new technology in wireless radio modems and terminals for the mobile data division of Motorola Inc. Kodesh, who earned master’s degrees in electrical engineering and business administration from Technion Israel Institute of Technology and from Tel Aviv University respectively, has held technical and management positions in several technology companies.
Lichtman was most recently president of Softimage, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft and a leading provider of digital-media creation tools for the film, video and interactive industries. He joined Microsoft in 1991 as product manager for its personal systems division, after which he held several marketing and management positions and led an industrywide effort called Plug and Play to improve the design and usability of the PC. In 1995, Lichtman moved to Microsoft’s consumer platforms division and became president of Softimage. Previously, Lichtman held software development and management positions in several technology companies. Lichtman is co-author of
“The Complete Guide to the C Language.”
He holds a master’s degree in business from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a computer engineering degree from Technion Israel Institute of Technology.
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