Departing Microsoft veteran Kevin Johnson has been appointed CEO of Juniper Networks. He starts at the networking firm in September.
Johnson was at Microsoft for 16 years and most recently was president of the platforms and services division, overseeing 14,000 workers as well as products such as Windows Vista, Windows Live and web search. His departure was seen as a related to Microsoft's failure to buy Yahoo. Johnson issued no comment on that subject.
"I am delighted to join Juniper," Johnson said. "Juniper is a company with a clear technology agenda, great talent and an amazing growth opportunity in a growing industry. I'm looking forward to bringing my experiences to help Juniper scale and deliver great value to Juniper's customers, partners, employees and shareholders."
Before joining Microsoft, Johnson worked in IBM's systems integration and consulting business after starting his career as a software developer.
Australian IT security firm owner Carl Jongsma, in an opinion piece in Computerworld Australia, notes that "Post-Johnson's departure, the Platforms and Services division will be reformed as the Windows/Windows Live division and an online services division, with separate heads reporting directly to Steve Ballmer (three for the Windows/Windows Live division and one for online services). This split represents a recognition of the key functional difference between online service offerings and operating system offerings, though the inclusion of Windows Live with the operating system division suggests that Microsoft is still trying to integrate online services tightly into the core operating system".