In a shocking move, Bob Stutz (pictured), corporate vice president at Microsoft, has quit his job. Stutz has been the face behind Microsoft Dynamics CRM in recent years.
“Bob Stutz will be leaving Microsoft and will take a well-deserved break,” the company said in a statement. “Over the past three and a half years, Bob and his team have transformed Dynamics CRM from an industry challenger to a clear leader. We thank Bob for his contributions and wish him the best in his next adventure.”
Microsoft has named Jujhar Singh as his replacement. Singh has served under Stutz as the general manager of Dynamics CRM, where he specializes in developing and marketing enterprise software applications particularly for the front office. Neither Stutz nor Singh was immediately available for comment.
“Jujhar has been a key driver of innovation in our CRM business and was responsible for the product strategy and direction of the Dynamics CRM product line and incubating newly acquired companies,” Microsoft said in the statement.
The Internal Memo
In an internal Microsoft memo leaked to the press, Scott Guthrie, head of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group, said with Dynamics CRM 2016 release cycle coming to a close, “Bob Stutz has made the decision to leave Microsoft to pursue new opportunities.”
However, the nature of those new opportunities is not yet clear. Stutz, who came to Microsoft after a long stint as senior vice president and general manager of business solutions at HP, helped propel the Dynamics CRM business.
In Microsoft’s fiscal year 2015, the company doubled its CRM Online revenue and more than tripled its year-over-year net seat adds. The company also reported significant market validation of its vision and solutions as it achieved leadership positions in top analyst reports and received numerous industry awards.
“We are on track to launch our upcoming release of Dynamics CRM 2016 this December,” Guthrie said. “The Dynamics CRM 2016 release is our most significant release ever and delivers tremendous new capabilities.”
Did He Really Quit?
We turned to Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, to get his thoughts on Stutz' departure. Typically, the wording in Microsoft's statement would indicate either his personal or professional performance was below standard but not enough to be material and need an explanation, he said.
“Employees at every level can be let go if they aren’t a good fit or think that certain rules don’t apply to them. The difficulty is that full disclosure can be actionable by the departing employee so the language is left vague,” Enderle said.
These departures are a constant reminder that firms have to make changes at every level, he said. "But the higher up in rank the person is the more likely the change will have to be disclosed, increasing the risk of failure as you move up in an organization due to the potential downside of being seen publically as a failure," he added.
Posted: 2015-11-17 @ 1:41pm PT
Microsoft is in the toilet, internationally. And online anything is infinitely hackable. He probably saw the writing on the wall and bailed early, taking a golden handshake with him.