Microsoft Is Losing This Key Tech Exec But Gaining a New Unit

Qi Lu, a top Microsoft executive and lieutenant to chief executive Satya Nadella, is leaving the software company, in a move first reported by Recode and confirmed to Fortune by Microsoft sources. The sources also confirmed that Rajesh Jha, a corporate vice president, will assume at least part of Lu’s responsibilities. Lu was most recently executive vice president of Microsoft’s applications and services group, Lu was injured in a biking accident some time ago and is leaving for related health reasons, according to the report. Lu is a respected technologist who spent ten years at Yahoo yhoo before joining Microsoft msft in 2008. He also did research stints at IBM’s ibm Almaden Lab and at Carnegie Mellon University. At various times at Microsoft, he headed Bing search and other online…

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