Just this week, Xbox chief Don Mattrick left Microsoft in order to become the CEO of Zynga, with Steve Ballmer assuming his position for the time being until they can appoint a new head of Xbox. According to a report published by Bloomberg earlier today, Ballmer may pass the torch onto current Windows head Julie Larson-Green to become head of Microsoft’s hardware division.
According to a source who is aware of Microsoft’s plans, Julie Larson-Green’s possible role would focus on both Microsoft’s Xbox consoles and Surface tablets, although the company has yet to finalize its restructuring of its senior management. Ballmer is expected to reveal Microsoft’s reorganization as early as next week where they plan to align the company’s senior management around their devices and services.
In addition to Larson-Green’s possible new role, Microsoft may appoint former Skype president Tony Bates to be in charge of acquisitions and relationships with Microsoft software developers, which would also be quite an important role. Either way, we’ll be on the lookout to see if Ballmer makes any official announcement next week.