Antoine Leblond, a Microsoft executive known for his leadership roles on the Office and Windows teams, is leaving the Redmond company after nearly 25 years.
He’s the latest executive to leave Microsoft following last year’s “One Microsoft” reorganization and the more recent appointment of Satya Nadella as CEO. Earlier departures included Jon DeVaan, the longtime Windows engineering leader; and Tami Reller, who was the Windows marketing and finance chief before taking a larger marketing position inside the company.
Re/code reported the news of Leblond’s departure earlier today, citing an internal email in which he informed colleagues of his decision to leave. After nearly 25 years, he wrote, “it’s time for me to go out and see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer.”
“Every single day I have had here has been amazing in its own way, and I will never look back on all of these years with anything but fondness, pride in what we’ve accomplished together, and a real appreciation for having been lucky enough to be part of so many awesome things,” he wrote, according to the Re/code post. “I am sad to leave all of you, but also incredibly excited for what comes next.”
Leblond is one of a number of recently departed executives who worked for many years with Steven Sinofsky, the former Microsoft Windows and Office chief, who left Microsoft in fall 2012.