Key Marketer Leaves Microsoft

NEW YORK The Microsoft marketing executive heading the software giant’s attempted challenge of Google left the company unexpectedly Tuesday.

Martin Taylor, a 13-year veteran of the Redmond, Wash.-based company, had been appointed in March to lead the marketing of Windows Live.

“We have made the difficult decision to part ways with Martin, but we don’t comment on personnel matters,” a company representative said in a statement. “We appreciate Martin’s contributions at Microsoft over the past 13 years.”

Taylor’s departure follows last week’s revelation that company CEO and founder Bill Gates will transition transition away from his duties the company’s chief software architect in 2008

Martin had previously worked with Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer on long-term planning and other strategic projects.

—Brandweek staff report