Simon Witts, Microsoft’s Worldwide Enterprise and Partner Group chief, has resigned as reported earlier today by Mary Jo Foley at ZD Net.
He’d reportedly held positions within Microsoft for the last 18 years and had joined Microsoft in 1993 from IBM.
Simon was responsible for managing and working with Microsof’t partners who sold to the top 10,000 customers. In the meantime, Susan Hauser will be in charge of enterprise sales and partner relations.
According to an internal memo which was posted on ZD Net:
From: Kevin Turner
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 12:40 P.M.
To: Worldwide Country Managers; Field Governance Council Members; Field Governance Council Members Ext.; EPG Worldwide All; WW Public Sector ALL FTE
Cc: Kevin Turner Direct Reports
I wanted to let you know about a change in the leadership of our WW EPG team. By mutual agreement, Simon Witts has decided to resign from Microsoft. I would like to thank Simon for his leadership of our WW EPG team over the past eight years and for his contribution to our company over the past 18 years.
We are actively seeking a replacement for Simon and are looking internally and externally to attract a high caliber talent for what is one of the best sales jobs in the IT industry. In the interim, effective immediately, both Linda Zecher and Susan Hauser will report directly to me, with Linda on point for Public Sector, and Susan in charge of WW EPG.
I have huge confidence in Susan, Linda and their teams, and I know I can count on all of you to keep focused, keep winning and make FY12 a year we can all be proud of.
What’s interesting about high level departures such as this is that where there’s smoke there is usually fire (especially when the reason given is “mutual agreement”).
Top execs tend to be what I refer to as “smart money” and often are led or leaving in advance of some unexpected additional issues.
Of course, it’s possible he is just interest in spending more time with his family. EPG works with all kinds of partners, including systems integrators, independent software vendors and Microsoft Dynamics partners.