Roll Call: Microsoft’s Marketing Head Stepping Down

Microsoft’s global head of marketing Mich Mathews has announced her retirement after more than 20 years with the company Ad Age reports. She oversees consumer brands including Windows and Xbox, and its $1 billion marketing budget. She began working with Microsoft in 1989 and, by 1993, became head of the company’s corporate PR function. She became an officer with the company in 1999. She is helping with the search for a replacement.

John Blyth has been selected as president of Fleishman-Hillard Canada, a region containing 10 offices and High Road Communications, a tech and digital lifestyle firm that’s part of the F-H portfolio. Blyth joined the firm in 2010 and has spent much of his 30-year career at McDonald’s where he served as VP of corporate comms.

Annalise Coady has also been named president of High Road Communications following the resignations of Mia Pearson and Justin Creally, who are starting a new company. Coady joined the firm in 2004 and has worked in offices around the world, serving as MD of the firm’s Middle East office in 201o. She’s also co-chair of the firm’s tech practice.

Stephanie Sutton has joined MWW Group as VP of the corporate affairs practice. She previously worked as the lead national fundraiser for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential run, was NY finance director for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), and was fundraising consultant for Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Jack Dorsey is returning to Twitter’s daily operations as head of product development and executive chairman. He was CEO of the company he helped to found until 2008. Evan Williams, who had been overseeing product development, is moving away from day-to-day work to become director. More info about those changes on The New York Times.

Sean Garza has joined Cincinnati-based PR firm The Eisen Agency as creative director. Garza was previously lead interactive and multimedia designer as well as senior graphic designer at Riha Design Group in Chicago.

Jean-Yves Naouri has been selected as executive chairman of Publicis Worldwide. These duties will be in addition to Naouri’s existing role as the company’s COO. In addition, Publicis Worldwide’s COO, Richard Pinder, has announced he will be stepping down.

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