Microsoft's liaison with PC makers leaves position

The man who oversees Microsoft's relationship with makers of Windows PCs is leaving that position, Bloomberg has reported.

Steven Guggenheimer earlier this month at the launch of Vizio's first-ever line of personal computer products.
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

Steven Guggenheimer, who led Microsoft's Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) unit for four years, will take a sabbatical before heading back to the company to assume a new, unspecified role. He'll be replaced as OEM head by Nick Parker, hitherto the head of marketing for the OEM unit, Bloomberg has reported.

The move comes as Microsoft has been ruffling the feathers of some PC makers with its plans to release its own Windows-based tablet, the Surface. But, according to Bloomberg, Microsoft said that the Guggenheimer change has been in the works for a while.

"As a result of long-term planning, Steven Guggenheimer will move on from his current role as CVP of the OEM Division effective 1 July, to coincide with the start of Microsoft's fiscal year," Bloomberg quoted a Microsoft rep as saying in a statement. "He is taking on a new senior leadership role at the company, and further details will be provided when finalised."


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