Microsoft has announced the promotion of two executives, Harel Kodesh and Moshe Lichtman, to the rank of vice president.
Their appointment to the newly created positions were given as a recognition of their contributions to Microsoft, said Sue Barnes, of Microsoft's public relations firm, Waggener Edstrom.
As vice president of consumer appliances, Kodesh will continue to manage the development and marketing of Windows CE and its imbedded development kits. He also will be responsible for appliances that run on CE, such as the Handheld PC, Palm-size PC, Auto PC and Sega Dreamcast. He will report directly to Craig Mundie, senior vice president of consumer platforms.
Kodesh previously managed Microsoft's object linking and embedding (OLE) team. Before joining Microsoft in 1991, he developed a new technology in wireless radio modems and terminals for Motorola Inc. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from Technion Israel Institute of Technology and in business administration from Tel Aviv University, respectively.
Lichtman returns to Microsoft as vice president of digital TV strategy and will focus on developing future television-related products. Most recently he was president of Microsoft subsidiary Softimage., where he was responsible for developing Softimage's product strategy and for creating complex software products, Microsoft said. Microsoft recently sold the business unit to Avid Technologies Inc.
Lichtman will oversee efforts between Microsoft groups such as Windows, Windows CE, WebTV Networks and the company's interactive media group.
Lichtman joined Microsoft in 1991 as product manager for personal systems division and has held various marketing and management positions at the company. In 1995, he was appointed president of Softimage. He has a master's degree in business from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a computer engineering degree from Technion Israel Institute of Technology.