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Microsoft is reshuffling its Cloud + AI business by making some important executive changes. Specifically, the company is creating a new team known at the Strategic Missions and Technologies (SMT) division.

SMT will be led by current Executive Vice President of Azure, Jason Zander. He will report directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. The goal of the Strategic Missions and Technologies team is to boost development of important emerging businesses at Microsoft. It will be tasked with the ongoing growth of key businesses.

ZDNet reports SMT is a combination of Azure Quantum, Microsoft U.S. Federal, and Azure Space & Mission Engineering for Azure. In an email announcing the team, Zander said the following:

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“The common bond shared by the teams in this new division is next generation opportunity — opportunity that is so profound in potential impact that each area deserves dedicated focus to grow.”

Executive Changes

Microsoft will not replace Zander directly as Executive Vice President of Azure. Instead, Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Cloud + AI is restructuring the leadership team. Girish Bablani will now take charge of the Azure Core Team, which handles apps and infrastructure on the platform.

Azure Dedicated Team and Azure Global Infrastructure will now move under the charge of Bablani within the Azure Core Team.

Microsoft is also opening a new Cloud for Industry and Global Expansion team. This will be led by Corey Sanders, who will oversee the growing list of Microsoft vertical cloud platforms. He will also take charge of the Digital Transformation Platform Group within the new team.

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