Bates, the former Skype CEO in charge of
Microsoft's business development, will leave immediately,
technology news site Re/code reported on Sunday citing unnamed
Bates, who has also worked at Cisco Systems Inc, was considered
one of the potential CEO candidates to succeed Steve Ballmer,
who announced in August that he would retire.
Eric Rudder, head of advanced strategy, will temporarily take up
Bates' duties and marketing executive Chris Capossela will
replace Reller, the report said.
Reller, one of the top female executives at the company and
co-head of Microsoft's Windows unit, will remain with Microsoft
for some time to help with the transition.
The report said Nadella, who was appointed CEO on Feb 4, told
staff of the changes on Friday and the company plans to announce
them publicly on Tuesday.
Microsoft declined to comment on the report.
(Reporting by Nicola Leske,
additional reporting by Bill Rigby; editing by Meredith Mazzilli)
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