Panos Panay joins Senior Leadership Team at Microsoft

Panos Panay

Good on him! A second promotion in just over a year has seen Panos Panay, a familiar face in the world of Windows, become a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Microsoft.

This move comes as the company gets set to push Windows 11 this holiday season.

And it also means that Windows will finally have a seat at the senior leadership table over at Redmond, which has not been the case since oh, when the former Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson departed the company.

Back in 2018, that is.

This welcome little bit of news comes from Bloomberg, who was provided an internal email announcing the change that saw a shuffle in two key positioned over at the software titan.

Microsoft has also hired Charlie Bell, who will be joining the company as a Corporate Vice President. An Amazon Web Services veteran, it is unclear at the moment what role he will assume at the company. The corporate directory temporarily lists him under HR head Kathleen Hogan, for now.

But the big news is Panos taking charge at this important position.

He will be advising CEO and board director Satya Nadella on strategic decisions, and will be joining Xbox chief Phil Spencer, cloud and AI extraordinaire Scott Guthrie, and more as part of the senior leadership crew.

This then, becomes the second promotion for the eminent executive. In February 2020, Panay was entrusted to lead both the Windows and hardware division at Microsoft.

Outside of Microsoft, he is also a member of the Sonos board of directors.