Microsoft, one of the world’s leading technology companies, has announced a significant leadership change as Chris Capossela, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for the past 32 years, steps down from his role. The news was relayed to Microsoft employees by CEO Satya Nadella, who also revealed that Takeshi Numoto, a seasoned executive within the organization, would be taking over as the new CMO.
Chris Capossela, a Harvard-educated executive, has been instrumental in overseeing worldwide marketing efforts for Microsoft across both consumer and commercial sectors. His responsibilities encompassed product marketing, business planning, brand management, advertising, event coordination, media buying, and more. Capossela’s three-decade tenure with the company has left a lasting impact on Microsoft’s marketing strategies and overall corporate culture.
Takeshi Numoto’s ascension
Takeshi Numoto, who previously held the position of Executive Vice President and Commercial Chief Marketing Officer, has been selected to succeed Capossela as Microsoft’s new CMO. Numoto’s role involved driving the company’s business model and go-to-market strategy for a wide array of commercial offerings.
In a statement shared on LinkedIn, Numoto expressed his enthusiasm for his new role and the evolving landscape of technology: “As Microsoft maintains our focus on empowering our customers in the Era of AI, I am honored to step into the role of Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer reporting to Satya Nadella. I am inspired by the opportunity to discover new ways to positively impact our customers around the world and proud to lead Microsoft’s Marketing organization and collaborate with such an exceptional team of marketers.”
He also extended his appreciation to Chris Capossela, acknowledging the latter’s significant contributions to Microsoft: “I want to congratulate Chris Capossela on the lasting impact he has made on our company and our culture during his 32 years at Microsoft. I’ve had the privilege of working with Chris off and on for over 15 years, and I am truly grateful for his leadership, mentorship, and friendship.”
Looking ahead, Numoto expressed excitement about contributing to the AI transformation that is reshaping the global technology sector. He anticipates that this transformation will create new categories and streamline existing ones. Numoto also emphasized his commitment to evolving Microsoft’s approach to creating value for customers while fostering innovation and growth.
Microsoft’s commitment to innovation
As Microsoft undergoes this leadership transition, the company remains committed to its mission of empowering individuals and organizations across the globe to achieve more through technology. Under the guidance of CEO Satya Nadella and the newly appointed CMO Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft aims to continue its legacy of innovation and excellence.
Takeshi Numoto brings a wealth of experience to his new role as Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer. With a background in both education and experience from Stanford University, Numoto has been an integral part of Microsoft’s leadership team for years. His previous position as Executive Vice President and Commercial Chief Marketing Officer equipped him with a deep understanding of the company’s commercial offerings and market strategies.
In light of these changes, Microsoft is well-positioned to navigate the ever-evolving technology landscape and drive growth through its innovative products and services. The transition from Capossela to Numoto reflects the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and adaptability in an increasingly competitive industry.