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Microsoft’s Andy Lees Loses President Title, Picks Up New Duties

Andy Lees, who headed the Windows Phone team until being replaced late last year, has been given a new job as corporate vice president in charge of corporate strategy and development.

In the new role, he will oversee the corporate development team headed by Marc Brown and the corporate strategy group led by Charlie Songhurst. He also reports to CFO Peter Klein now as opposed to CEO Steve Ballmer.

For the past year, Lees has retained his President title but had a rather vague role overseeing matters related to the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone (though not the responsibility for those products).

He was quoted in a press release announcing the partnership between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft. The companies promised that among the first fruits of that deal would be a Nook app for Windows 8, though one is not yet in the store. (Update: It looks like the Nook app is now available.)

Lees, who spoke at AsiaD in October 2011, has, according to the company, been in the new role for about a month.


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