Microsoft’s Chief Product Exec to Step Down

Microsoft’s Chief Product Exec to Step Down – Regarding Dave Limp, it’s been reported that Panay is set to join Amazon next, taking on a similar role. Both companies are hosting device events this week, promising some intriguing developments. Microsoft’s event will probably center on Surface products, which aligns with Panay’s expertise.  In contrast, Amazon is likely to unveil numerous Echo and Alexa products. 

This move to bring in someone with PC expertise might signify a change in direction for the division, especially after last year’s layoffs at Amazon impacted it. Panos Panay, the Chief Product Officer and a devoted advocate of Microsoft’s Surface products, has officially departed from the company, as confirmed by the executive himself. This announcement comes just days ahead of a New York City event where new Surface hardware is scheduled to be unveiled.

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Panay’s tenure at Microsoft spanned nearly two decades, commencing in 2004 when he served as a Group Program Manager for PC hardware. Following an eight-year role as Corporate VP of Microsoft Devices, he assumed his most recent position in 2018. Throughout his time at Microsoft, Panay gained recognition for his passionate presentations about the Surface lineup.

Panay announced the news via Twitter this morning, noting, “After 19 incredible years at Microsoft, I’ve decided to turn the page and write the next chapter. I’m forever grateful for my time at Microsoft and the amazing people I had the honor to make products with.” Microsoft has now confirmed the news, as well. 

“Thank you, Panos, for your impact on our products, culture, company, and industry over the past two decades,” CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. “I’m grateful for your leadership, support, and all you’ve done for Microsoft and our customers and partners. As Rajesh stated, we remain steadfast and convicted in our strategy and Yusuf Mehdi will take lead on our Windows and Surface businesses and products externally.” 

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In Panay’s absence, a number of roles are being shifted as part of the transition. This development follows the departure of another prominent hardware executive, which was announced a month ago. In August, Dave Limp, Amazon’s hardware leader, confirmed that he would be resigning by the year’s end.

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