updated 08:26 pm EDT, Fri June 29, 2012
Guggenheimer to assume 'senior leadership role'
Microsoft OEM division Vice President Steven Guggenheimer will be stepping down from his role in order to go on "sabbatical." A Bloomberg reporter broke the news on her Twitter account early Friday evening. In a follow-up statement given to The Next Web, Microsoft confirmed Guggenheimer's departure and named his successor: Nick Parker, former Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for the OEM division.
Microsoft noted that Guggenheimer's departure was not an abrupt one, but was instead the result of "long-term planning." Guggenheimer's sabbatical will commence July 1, and the company says he will be taking on "a new senior leadership role" at Microsoft upon his return, though details on that have yet to be finalized. Parker will take over in Guggenheimer's stead on July 1.
The management change comes at an interesting period for Microsoft. The software giant recently announced a foray into computer manufacturing with its Surface tablets. Those devices were developed largely in secret, with Microsoft's traditional OEM partners only learning of the device shortly before its revelation. Microsoft's big step into the hardware manufacturing sector has reportedly annoyed some of its hardware partners, though it is unknown whether Guggenheimer's departure is in any way connected to Surface.