Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is taking over control of Microsoft’s Devices and Studios division, which includes Xbox, Surface and the company’s game and entertainment studios, TechCrunch reports.
Julie Larson-Green took over the position from Don Mattrick last year, after he left the company to join Zynga. Larson-Green will now be leading the “My Life & Work” team in Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group and serving as Chief Experience Officer.
“I want to thank each and every one of you for welcoming me and supporting me as the leader of Devices & Studios over the past 7 months,” Larson-Green wrote in an internal memo, in part. “I’m very proud of what we have accomplished during such a short timeframe. We launched Xbox One, Surface 2 & Pro 2, blockbuster games like Forza and Ryse, a brand new Xbox Music and Video service, PPI, and some amazing unannounced innovations just to name a few – incredibly impressive!”
Elop returns as part of Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s services and devices. The former Nokia CEO was reportedly one of the candidates to become Microsoft’s next CEO, however Satya Nadella was recently announced as the company’s CEO.