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Robbie Bach hits the escape button at Microsoft

May 25, 2010 | 11:13 am

Robbie Bach Longtime Microsoft executive Robbie Bach announced Tuesday his retirement in the fall from the Redmond, Wash., company where he has worked for the last 22 years.

As president of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices unit, Bach, 48, oversees the company's Xbox, Zune and Windows for Mobile businesses.

Microsoft said two senior executives who had reported to Bach will answer directly to Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer. Don Mattrick, former head of studios for video game maker Electronic Arts, came to Microsoft in 2007 and will continue to manage the Xbox business. Andy Lees will remain senior vice president of Microsoft's mobile business. Both will report directly to Ballmer as of July 1.

Also leaving is J Allard, senior vice president of design and development. Allard will "take an official role as an advisor" to Ballmer, Microsoft said.

-- Alex Pham

Photo: Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division announced his retirement. Credit: Kevin P. Casey / Los Angeles Times