Microsoft Executive announces departure after 25-years of service

By Pouyan Broukhim

Long-standing Microsoft Executive Julie Larson-Green has announced that she will be leaving the US tech giant, bringing over two decades of service to an end, having joined the company back in 1993.

Larson-Green played a significant role in driving the Microsoft Office platform to the stature that it is today, having created the Ribbon within it – the tabs at the top of the pages that contain different toolbars.

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"We thank Julie for the numerous contributions she's made to Microsoft over the last 25 years, and we wish her the very best in her new endeavors," a Microsoft spokesperson said, speaking to CNBC.

The announcement was somewhat expected, with Larson-Green having stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer for Office productivity due to recovering from spinal-cord surgery.

In addition to her role as CEO of Office productivity, Larson-Green was previously CEO of the Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group and Executive Vice President of its Devices and Studios Group.

Further, Larson-Green was touted as a potential candidate to step in as CEO following Steve Ballmer’s departure before Nadella was appointed.

Revealing the news in a Facebook post, Larson-Green said she is "leaving Microsoft to pursue new adventures in building great teams and customer-first products," having been first reported by ZDNet.

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