Two Top Microsoft Advertising Execs Departing

A pair of top sales officials leaving just as company enters Digital Newfront season

Microsoft is losing a pair of top sales executives just as it embarks on hosting its own digital upfront while in pursuit of big brands’ TV budgets.

Richard Dunmall, Microsoft Advertising’s vp of global agencies and accounts, is departing, though Microsoft won’t say where he’s headed next. A spokesperson confirmed the departure, adding only that Dunmall will “pursue other opportunities.” In the meantime, Microsoft veteran Keith Lorizio, currently vp of U.S. sales and marketing, will oversee the global agency team.

Meanwhile, per sources, Marc Bresseel, Microsoft’s vp, global marketing, is said to also be leaving the company. A Microsoft spokesperson would not confirm Bresseel’s plans to jump ship, saying only that Bresseel "is still with Microsoft. We don’t have anything more to share at this time.”

The Dunmall and Bresseel departures come at an inopportune time, as Microsoft faces an increasingly competitive digital landscape, particularly on the Web video front. The company has had to endure a slew of high-profile sales departures over the past year or so, starting with Carolyn Everson jumping to Facebook in February 2011 after less than one year in her role. Last June, 14-year veteran Jay Sampson, who ran emerging media sales for Microsoft, jumped to head sales and marketing at the upstart Web video programmer Machinima.