Microsoft Shakeup Official: Bach, Allard Out
Confirming multiple reports from the day before, Microsoft Tuesday announced that the two founders of its Entertainment & Devices Division, J Allard and Robbie Bach, will leave the company.
Division head Bach, according to a letter to company employees from CEO Steve Ballmer, will retire from the company after 22 years, while Allard, the vice president of design and development, will leave the company as well, although he will remain an advisor. In addition, the heads of the interactive entertainment and mobile communications businesses (Don Mattrick and Andy Lees, respectively) will report to Ballmer directly.
"It is a natural time for us to look ahead and make sure we have the right talent in the right roles to fuel our next set of offerings," Ballmer wrote. "I am confident that the changes above will set us up well for the months and years ahead."