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Kevin Johnson

As president of the Platforms & Services Division of Microsoft, Kevin Johnson leads an organization of over 14,000 employees responsible for product ... More »As president of the Platforms & Services Division of Microsoft, Kevin Johnson leads an organization of over 14,000 employees responsible for product development, marketing and strategy for the Windows and Online Services businesses. With Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and seven other senior executives, Johnson also serves on the Senior Leadership Team that sets overall strategy and direction for Microsoft. Since assuming his role in September 2005, Johnson successfully launched Windows Vista to consumers and commercial customers, resulting in record-breaking Windows revenue of nearly US$15 billion in fiscal year 2007. In addition to leading the Windows business, Johnson is driving the company’s evolution towards “software + services” and building on the company’s position as a leader in the online advertising market. Under Johnson’s leadership, Microsoft has completed over 30 acquisitions in support of its software + services strategy. In August 2007, Johnson closed the company’s largest acquisition, of aQuantive, Inc., to form Microsoft Advertiser & Publisher Solutions, and complement Microsoft’s development of an industry-leading online advertising platform. Microsoft Advertiser & Publisher Solutions provides an online advertising platform for an ecosystem of industry partners, including advertisers, publishers and digital marketing agencies. Today the platform has offerings across digital media types and devices, including the PC, Web, mobile phones, gaming consoles, IPTV and Video-on-demand. Johnson also leads development and marketing of Microsoft’s consumer online services, including Live Search, MSN.com and Windows Live, which collectively drove nearly $2.5 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2007. These compelling experiences attract hundreds of millions of consumers per month, and provide online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide. Previously, Johnson held a number of leadership positions in sales and marketing at Microsoft, where he worked globally with consumer, small/medium business and enterprise customers. Prior to his current role, Johnson served as group vice president of Microsoft’s worldwide sales, marketing and services, leading an organization of 30,000 employees, including field sales and marketing professionals who delivered $40 billion in revenue during fiscal 2005. Johnson also oversaw corporate operations and IT functions that support the work of Microsoft employees around the world. In his tenure as head of sales, marketing and services, Johnson led a transformation in the field. He organized subsidiary leadership teams in more than 80 countries and regions and orchestrated their efforts to better align with product development and company priorities. His re-engineering of the field operating approach and the sales compensation system contributed to an $11 billion increase in sales from 2002-2005. Johnson also led a cross-company initiative focused on emerging markets, positioning the company as a trusted partner for future growth. Johnson joined Microsoft in 1992, serving in a variety of roles across sales, marketing and services during his career at the company. Before joining Microsoft, Johnson worked in IBM’s systems integration and consulting business unit from 1986 to 1992. He started his career in 1981 as a software developer in the petroleum and financial services industries. Johnson grew up in New Mexico and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University. He is a founding member of the board of directors of NPower, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help other nonprofits use technology to expand the reach and impact of their work. He is also a member of the Western Region Board of Advisors of Catalyst, a non-profit organization dedicated to women’s career advancement.

Juniper CEO warns about Europe's debt crisis

Kevin Johnson, Juniper Networks CEO, speaks at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Juniper Networks CEO Kevin Johnson said Europe's debt crisis may hamper expansion in Internet traffic, posing a challenge to the networking-equipment industry. "We are approaching 2012 in ...

If nothing else, Microsoft's keeping business consultants busy

Kevin Johnson, president of the division in charge of platforms and services and once considered a possible heir-apparent, resigns after 16 years at Microsoft. In announcing the overhaul, Ballmer writes : "Our Windows business is firing on all cylinders. We see tremendous opportunity in ...

With Ballmer leaving, who'll run Microsoft?

Kevin Johnson : He left Microsoft to run Juniper Networks in 2008 and recently retired from that post. During his 16 years at Microsoft, Johnson ran the company's online-services group and its Windows division. Qi Lu: A longtime Yahoo search veteran, Lu worked on Bing for ...

Juniper Networks boss Johnson's 2012 bonus was $770,000

Juniper Networks Inc. opted to pay CEO Kevin Johnson just 44 percent of his target bonus for his work in 2012. Even so, that works out to $770,000. During 2011, Juniper (NYSE: JNPR) raised Johnson's salary 19 percent from $840,000 to $1 million. Johnson's target bonus for ...

Microsoft's $6 billion aQuantive whoopsie

That means Microsoft is nowhere near being the "industry leading, Internet-wide advertising platform" that then-president of Microsoft services Kevin Johnson predicted it would become when it bought aQuantive. Microsoft paid an 85% premium for the company's stock after most of ...

Microsoft chops CEO shortlist to a handful of candidates

Names that were floated over the past couple of months but were not mentioned to Reuters are Computer Sciences CEO Mike Lawrie, former Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky, and former Juniper Networks CEO Kevin Johnson. While Ballmer is expected to leave Microsoft within the next several ...

Microsoft board said to seek Ballmer successor this year

Among others rumored to be leading the list of candidates are Microsoft Executive VP Tony Bates, who had previously been CEO of Skype, Computer Sciences CEO Mike Lawrie, former Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky, and former Juniper Networks CEO Kevin Johnson...

Ford CEO Mulally in lead for Microsoft CEO job?

Among others rumored to be leading the list of candidates are Microsoft Executive VP Tony Bates, who had previously been CEO of Skype, Computer Sciences CEO Mike Lawrie, former Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky, and former Juniper Networks CEO Kevin Johnson...

Who Will Replace Steve Ballmer?

Beyond that, there are some obvious names that jump to the fore including Reed Hastings of Netflix, Juniper Networks CEO Kevin Johnson and Paul Maritz, a former Microsoft exec who is now the CEO of cloud services firm Pivotal...

With Ballmer retiring, tech world awaits white smoke from Redmond

Altimeter Group's Li thinks another good option would be Kevin Johnson, who is retiring as Juniper Networks CEO and who worked for 16 years at Microsoft, where he led the then-Platforms and Services Division, which included Windows and online services. Li said another option would be ...

Juniper CEO Johnson is stepping down once replacement found

Juniper Networks said Chief Executive Officer Kevin Johnson is retiring, even as sales and profit forecasts beat estimates amid a spending spree by wireless providers. A search for his successor is under way and Johnson will remain on the job until his replacement is found...

Juniper Networks Chief Executive Officer Kevin Johnson to Retire

Tue, Jul 23, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT - U.S. Markets closed ), the industry leader in network innovation, today announced that the Company's chief executive officer, Kevin Johnson, will retire once a successor is named and that Johnson will continue to serve in his current capacities ...

Juniper Networks Announces Rami Rahim as EVP of Platform Systems Division; Stefan Dyckerhoff as Staf...

Tue, Oct 23, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT - U.S. Markets closed Juniper Networks Announces Rami Rahim as EVP of Platform Systems Division; Stefan Dyckerhoff as Staff Consultant Supporting CEO Kevin Johnson SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 23, 2012) - Juniper Networks ( NYSE : JNPR ), the industry leader ...

Who is next in line to run Microsoft?

Some have left for leadership positions at other companies, such as former sales chief Kevin Johnson, who has been chief executive of Juniper Networks for the past five years, and Stephen Elop, who led Microsoft’s Business division before becoming chief executive of Nokia. Other ...

Microsoft execs as CEO: Jury out on future success

Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks. Johnson had been at Microsoft for 16 years and had been president of that platforms and services unit. At Juniper, Johnson managed to put market leader Cisco on its heels for a bit. Cisco, however, restructured, became more efficient ...

Mobile World Congress 2012 roundup: All you need to know from Barcelona

Juniper Networks CEO Kevin Johnson and Arm Holdings CEO Warren East discussed two other mobile network challenges. ... Johnson said applications...will demand the same speeds upstream from handsets...as they do downstream. ... East said power consumption is a major cost for ...

Ballmer’s Pending Departure Only Makes His Mistakes More Obvious

Kevin Johnson, who became CEO of Juniper Networks ( JNPR ), ran Windows and online (ironically, Johnson announced his own retirement plans in July). Jeff Raikes oversaw the Office franchise. When he left in 2008 to head the Gates Foundation, Microsoft gave the job to Elop, now CEO ...

Biz Break: Apple profits still declining, but stock rebounds; two Silicon Valley CEOs departing

Juniper Networks also announced the resignation of its CEO, though in less dramatic fashion: The Sunnyvale company said its leader for the past five years, Kevin Johnson, is retiring, but will stay on until a successor is found. The Cisco Systems rival's earnings showed that ...

Media Advisory: Juniper Networks Showcases Secure, Fast & Scalable SDN- and LTE-Enabled Mobile Infra...

Wednesday February 27, 09.30-11.00 CET (Hall 4 - Auditorium 1, Fira Gran Via) Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks, will share a perspective on the opportunity for mobile operators to drive growth and capture new revenue streams as adoption of the cloud model accelerates on a global ...

Analysis: New Microsoft mantra after Sinofsky

Windows and online head Kevin Johnson went to run Juniper Networks Inc, Office chief Stephen Elop went to lead phone maker Nokia, while Ray Ozzie - the software guru Bill Gates designated as Microsoft's big-picture thinker - left to start his own project. "They've gone through quite a ...

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