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Microsoft Hires Mustafa Suleyman to Lead AI, Mikhail Parakhin Steps Down

Microsoft is shaking up its leadership. Search chief Parakhin is departing, while AI expert Suleyman takes charge of consumer AI.


has announced a significant change in its leadership team. Mikhail Parakhin, who has served as the head of the Bing search engine and the company's advertising businesses, is set to leave his current roles. This move comes shortly after Microsoft appointed Mustafa Suleyman to head its consumer artificial intelligence initiatives. Parakhin, previously the CEO for advertising and web services at Microsoft, will now report to Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott while he explores new opportunities within the company.

Suleyman is a co-founder of DeepMind and will now lead Microsoft's AI department, a role that was reportedly set to go to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman during last December's corporate spat with the firm he co-founded. As for Parakhin, he had become the public voice of Microsoft's initial AI push with Bing Chat last year. 

Strategic Reorganization

In the wake of these leadership changes, Microsoft is also reassigning responsibilities related to its Windows software business, which Parakhin partially managed. Pavan Davuluri, who previously oversaw hardware and other aspects of the Windows operation, will now be in charge of all Windows and Surface hardware sectors. Davuluri's new role will have him reporting directly to Executive Vice President Rajesh Jha, who made these announcements in a staff email on Monday. This reorganization reflects Microsoft's ongoing efforts to streamline its operations and bolster its leadership in both AI and consumer technology markets.

Looking Ahead

The departure of and the appointment of Mustafa Suleyman signal a new direction for Microsoft's consumer AI and Bing search engine strategies. As the company continues to adapt to the rapidly evolving tech landscape, these changes could have significant implications for Microsoft's future product offerings and market positioning. With AI becoming increasingly central to Microsoft's consumer products, Suleyman's leadership is expected to drive innovation and growth in this critical area. Meanwhile, Parakhin's search for a new role within Microsoft underscores the company's commitment to retaining top talent and fostering leadership development from within.

Last Updated on March 28, 2024 3:12 pm CET

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.