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Microsoft reportedly losing two top execs

(Credit: Reuters) Former Skype Chief Executive Officer Tony Bates speaks at a joint news conference with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in San Francisco.Tony Bates
March 3
12:39 PM 2014

As Satya Nadella takes his place as Microsoft Corp's new chief, former Skype Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tony Bates and business development and marketing head Tami Reller are jumping ship, according to a report cited by VentureBeat.

Tech news site Re/code reports that sources familiar with the matter said the software giant plans to announce the departure of the two major executives on Tuesday, although Nadella had already informed some of the company's top employees about it last Friday.

Bates, who had previously been considered to fill Steve Ballmer's post as CEO, announced his retirement to be in August. Advanced strategist head and Executive Vice President (EVP)  Eric Rudder will be taking his place. Reller, on the other hand, will hand over her position to marketing executive Chris Capossela, but remain in the company until everything is fully handed off to the new executive, the report detailed.

Microsoft declined to comment on the matter, VentureBeat reported.

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