Paul Maritz to Retire After 14 Years at Microsoft
Will Continue as Strategic and Business Consultant to Microsoft
REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 13, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Paul Maritz, group vice president of the Platforms Strategy and Developer Group, is retiring after 14 years with the company and 22 years in the high-tech industry. Maritz will continue to serve as a consultant to Microsoft on strategic and business issues.
“Paul is truly a leader among leaders, and it has been a privilege to work alongside such an intelligent, wise, honest and wonderful human being for so many years,”
said Steve Ballmer, president and CEO of Microsoft.
“While he will be deeply missed, I understand Paul’s decision — for personal reasons and after nearly 14 years at Microsoft — to do some of the other things in his life that he’d like to do. The good news is that Paul will continue to work closely with me, Bill Gates and other senior leaders in the company as a consultant on key strategic and business issues.”
Microsoft Vice President Sanjay Parthasarathy, who formerly reported to Maritz, has been appointed to a new developer evangelism and business development role, and will report directly to Ballmer.
“Microsoft’s developer relations efforts, which have always been a top priority for the company, will continue,”
“and will in fact be expanded, with Sanjay Parthasarathy responsible for driving business and technology relationships with a few key ISVs, dot-coms and venture capitalists. Sanjay also will play a coordinating role with the existing developer evangelism teams within Microsoft’s business divisions.”
“During Paul’s 14 years with Microsoft, he has played a key role in virtually every major initiative, from the evolution of Windows and Office to the .NET strategy,”
said Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft.
“Paul’s vision and technological insight has had a major impact not only on Microsoft but on the entire computer industry.”
“Microsoft is one of the great places on earth to work,”
“It has been a real privilege to have worked with so many wonderful and talented people and to have been able to participate in so many interesting and important endeavors. With the recently announced Microsoft .NET strategy now in place, there is an amazing opportunity to fully realize the potential of software and the Internet to change how people communicate and experience information. Microsoft is very fortunate to have a world-class generation of young leaders ready to step up to build on these opportunities and ensure Microsoft’s continued success as the global leader in software technology.”
As group vice president of the Platforms Strategy and Developer Group, Maritz has been responsible for overall platforms strategy, product planning and business development for the development of Microsoft’s tools and related platform technologies. In addition, Maritz has been responsible for working with developers and providing them with the tools and support they need to embrace the Microsoft® .NET vision.
Previously, Maritz managed the company’s efforts for Microsoft Windows® and Office. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the Business Leadership Team, Maritz has played an important role in helping guide Microsoft’s strategy and business planning over the years.
In addition to Sanjay Parthasarathy’s new role, Yuval Neeman will continue as vice president of the Developer Division, reporting to Group Vice President Jim Allchin. Mike Nash, vice president of the Content Development and Delivery Group, which includes the MSDN® developer program, also will report to Allchin. Chris Atkinson, vice president for .NET Developer Solutions, will report to Senior Vice President Paul Flessner. Charles Stevens, vice president of the Business Solutions Group, will continue to oversee Microsoft’s relationships with ISVs.
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