Software major Microsoft today said Kevin Turner, the company’s chief operating officer for the last 11 years, is leaving the company.
Before the elevation of Satya Nadella as the chief executive officer, Microsoft had considered Kevin Turner, among others, for the top position.
Microsoft will not be hiring a new COO. Satya Nadella would elect two executives to cover the responsibilities of Kevin Turner.
Jean-Phillipe Courtois and Judson Althoff, Kevin Turner’s successors, will report to Satya Nadella. Jean-Phillipe Courtois will cover global sales, marketing and operations at Microsoft. Judson Althoff will be responsible for the worldwide commercial business.
Other executives currently under Satya Nadella’s charge will also be taking portions of Turner’s prior responsibilities.
Kevin Turner will join Citadel, a global financial firm, as chief executive officer of Citadel Securities and Vice Chairman of Citadel. Kevin Turner will join Citadel Securities after a short transition period from Microsoft.
At Microsoft, Kevin Turner led a team of more than 51,000 employees in 191 countries. Kevin Turner was the driving force behind the sales and marketing efforts of Office 365 and the customer adoption of Azure cloud. Kevin Turner’s leadership resulted in the highest customer satisfaction scores in the software company history and more than $90 billion in revenues for Microsoft in 2015.
Prior to Microsoft, Kevin Turner spent 20 years at Walmart. Kevin Turner joined the company as a cashier while pursuing his undergraduate degree, and at 29, he was named the youngest corporate officer in Walmart’s history.
Kevin Turner was named Walmart’s chief information officer and later president and CEO of Sam’s Club, a $37 billion division of Walmart.
Last month, Citadel announced the appointment of Steven Lieblich as chief technology officer of Citadel’s hedge fund business. Most recently, Steve Lieblich served as Morgan Stanley’s chief information officer.