Microsoft Live Search Loses Another Exec

Dane Glasgow, general manager for Live Search, is leaving the company to work for various nonprofits and spend more time with his family, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. Last month, Christopher Payne, VP of Windows Live Search, left to start his own company. He was replaced by Satya Nadella, who had been heading the Microsoft Dynamics team in the Microsoft Business Division.

Foley quotes from an internal memo Nadella sent yesterday which she gained access to:

With the Search team’s exit from planning complete, Dane Glasgow has decided to leave Microsoft to pursue non-profit interests and spend time with his family before taking on a new entrepreneurial challenge. Dane has worked in the services business at Microsoft for nearly 8 years, joining the company in 1999 through the acquisition of Jump Networks. During his time at Microsoft, Dane has worked on large scale services like Hotmail and Search as well as clients such as our Toolbar and Gadgets platform. Dane helped launch our Windows Desktop Search offering, worked to deliver our first release of Windows Live, and has been a strong advocate for incubation within the company. I thank Dane for his contributions, and wish him all the best in his future pursuits.

I am working with my leadership team and Dane’s existing directs to identify the right successor. During this time, Dane’s team will report directly to me. I have asked Ramez Naam to step in as the interim Director to ensure we streamline decision making and making sure that we stay on track with our Fall Release roadmap.”

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