US: Microsoft announced a reorganisation of its Online Services Division, including two new hires to lead MSN and the division’s partner outreach. Microsoft has hired Ted Cahall to replace Erik Jorgensen as corporate vice president of MSN. The spokesperson said Nadalla has asked Jorgensen to focus on mobile and mapping, instead.
Satya Nadella, senior vice president for research and development in Online Services, made the changes in hopes that the engineering leadership team is better aligned with “key opportunities” for MSN and Bing, a Microsoft spokesperson said.
Cahall, who will start his new job in September, currently serves on the board of directors for Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology and the Maryland-based nonprofit Network for Good. He previously held senior leadership positions at AOL, United Online, CNET Networks and Bank of America.
Microsoft also has hired Marc Davis, chief scientist at San Francisco-based Invention Arts, to the position of partner architect. The spokesperson said Davis will work for Nadella “on vision and technology strategy for Microsoft’s Online Services Division.” Davis previously worked in senior R&D roles at MIT Media Lab, Interval Researcher, U.C. Berkeley and Yahoo.