After five years leading Microsoft’s Mobile business, our current leader Pieter Knook will be transferring this responsibility to Andy Lees who will assume the position of Senior Vice President, Mobile Communications Business. After 17 years at Microsoft, Pieter has accepted a position with Vodafone Group as their new Director of Internet Services.
When I first joined the Mobile business in Microsoft, Pieter was our leader and he has lead the charge as we have gone from 1 Smartphone with 1 Operator to the great success we have today with 160 Mobile Operators and hundreds of devices!
Despite his name Pieter is actually a Brit and Andy Lees is another Brit! Andy who will take over Pieters role was actually in the Microsoft UK subsidary until 2000 when he left to Microsoft Corporate!
So it’s quite fascinating that one 17 year veteran (Pieter) leaves and another 17 year veteran takes over the great work that Pieter has started!