Two Microsoft executives - Tony Bates and Tami Reller – leaving the company

Two Microsoft executives - Tony Bates and Tami Reller – leaving the company

Tech news site Re/code has revealed in a Sunday report that two top Microsoft executives - Tony Bates and Tami Reller - are leaving the company. The two high-profile departures come within a month of Satya Nadella's February 4 appointment as the new Microsoft CEO.

Bates is the former CEO of Skype - the Internet communications service which Microsoft acquired in 2011 - and is the in charge of Microsoft's business development. Reller is Microsoft's Executive VP for marketing, and shares leadership of advertising and marketing at the company.

According to the Re/code report, citing information shared by unidentified sources, Bates will leave Microsoft with immediate effect. His departure from the company seemed imminent since he was one of the candidates Microsoft's board was considering as a replacement for the outgoing CEO Steven A. Ballmer.

However, with the board having finally named Nadella as the new CEO, it was being widely expected that Bates would quit.

With Bates leaving Microsoft immediately, his duties will temporarily be taken over by Eric Rudder, head of advanced strategy. Meanwhile, Reller will be replaced by marketing executive Chris Capossela. In order to facilitate the transition of responsibilities to Capossela, Reller - who is one of the top female executives Microsoft and co-head of the company's Windows division - will remain with Microsoft for some time.