Microsoft Names New Search & Ads Lead

Microsoft has named a company insider to replace Christopher Payne, corporate VP of Windows Live Search, who decided to leave Microsoft earlier this month to start a new company.

Satya Nadella, who's currently heading the Microsoft Dynamics team in the Microsoft Business Division, will move out of that role by mid-April. Nadella will lead a newly formed Search and Ad Platform Group within the Platform Services Division, reporting to Kevin Johnson.

Previously, R&D for search and ad platforms were under separate groups, with Live Search residing in the Windows Live Services group. Under Nadella, the two will be aligned to take better advantage of synergies in search, commerce and payments infrastructure, according to a statement from Microsoft.

Tami Reller, corporate VP of Microsoft Dynamics, will serve as the acting leader for the Microsoft Dynamics business, reporting directly into Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division.

Microsoft also announced that Harry Shum, who leads Microsoft Research Asia, will take on the additional role of Chief Scientist of the Search and Ad Platform Group.