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In a joint event with Microsoft, Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop introduces 
the new Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Windows smartphone on September 5, 2012 in New York City.

In a joint event with Microsoft, Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop introduces the new Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Windows smartphone on September 5, 2012 in New York City.

NEW YORK — In a major shakeup of his senior management team, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has ousted three key executives.

The most notable among those leaving are Stephen Elop, the former Nokia CEO who came back to Microsoft after the companies merged last year.

Elop was formerly the head of Microsoft Office before he took the Nokia job in 2010. When he returned to Microsoft last year, he oversaw the company’s devices group, which includes Nokia phones and the Surface tablet.

Also out as part of the shakeup is Kirill Tatarinov, the head of Microsoft’s Business Solutions, a role that Nadella had previously held before becoming CEO.

Eric Rudder, the third executive who’ll leave the company, oversaw Microsoft’s “Advanced Strategy” team, which was responsible for facilitating relationships between the disparate teams at the company. He was assigned that role in 2013 by then-CEO Steve Ballmer, who had been trying to break down the silos between Microsoft’s various businesses.

“We are aligning our engineering efforts and capabilities to deliver on our strategy and, in particular, our three core ambitions,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, in a statement. “This change will enable us to deliver better products and services that our customers love at a more rapid pace.”

Some key executives got new roles in the reorganization.

Most notably, operating systems chief Terry Myerson will oversee the devices group formerly headed by Elop in addition to Windows.

Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group chief Scott Guthrie and Applications and Services Group leader Qi Lu will oversee some of the responsibilities no longer overseen by Tatarinov and Rudder.

The moves come as somewhat of a surprise, particularly because Tatarinov was featured prominently at this year’s Build developers conference in April. But none of the three exiting executives were appointed by Nadella.

It is yet another strategy shift for a company that has a very mixed track record in restructuring its business operations.

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