Microsoft Chief Research Officer Changes Role, Announces Retirement Plan

Microsoft’s Visionary Craig Mundie to Retire in 2014

by Anton Shilov
12/25/2012 | 10:58 PM

The recent resigns from Microsoft Corp. clearly point to the fact that the company is undergoing massive internal changes and is willing to lose its veterans in order to continue the current strategic course. This week it transpired that Craig Mundie, a legendary Microsoft exec, who assumed some roles of Bill Gates, decided to step down from chief research officer position and retire in 2014.


Craig Mundie served as Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, where he oversaw Microsoft Research, one of the world's largest computer-science research organizations, and was responsible for Microsoft's long-term technology strategy, directing a number of technology incubations. Mr. Mundie has also served as Microsoft's chief technical officer for advanced strategies and policy, working with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates to develop the company's global strategies around technical, business and policy issues. Mr. Mundie was hand-picked by co-founder Mr. Gates to take over leadership of the technical side of Microsoft when he retired from day-to-day work at the company in 2008, notes Reuters news-agency.

Craig Mundie joined Microsoft in 1992 to create and run the consumer platforms division, which developed non-PC platforms such as the Windows CE operating system; software for the handheld PC, pocket PC and auto PC; and early console-gaming products. Mr. Mundie also started Microsoft's digital-TV efforts, acquiring and managing its WebTV Networks subsidiary, and built its fast-growing healthcare solutions business.

Craig Mundie will serve as senior advisor to the CEO of Microsoft Corp., reporting directly to Steve Ballmer. In this role, he works on key strategic projects within the company, as well as with government and business leaders around the world on technology policy, regulation and standards. In 2014 the high-ranking executive will retire from the company. The majority of Mr. Mundie’s duties will be assumed by Eric Rudder, chief technical strategy officer of the company.

For more than a decade, Mr. Mundie has also been Microsoft's principal technology-policy liaison to the U.S. and foreign governments, with an emphasis on China, India and Russia. He has served on the U.S. national security telecommunications advisory committee and the Markle Foundation task force on national security in the information age. In April 2009 Mundie was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's council of advisors on science and technology.