Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President for Commercial Management Experiences at Microsoft, has announced that he will be leaving the company (via ZDNet). Anderson will be joining Qualtrics, an experience management software company, taking on the role of President of Products and Services.
Throughout more than 17 years at Microsoft, Anderson has taken on a number of different roles. Initially joining the company in 2003 coming from Novell, he started off as General Manager for System Center Configuration Manager, but has been a Corporate Vice President in some capacity since 2007.
With Anderson leaving, the role of CVP for Commercial Management Experiences will be passed on to Harvinder Bhela, who's been at Microsoft for even longer – nearly 24 years. Bhela started out in Microsoft as development lead for Site Server back in 1997, and is currently serving as Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance, a role he's been responsible for since July 2018.
It's not yet known when exactly Anderson will be passing the baton, but he's not the first Microsoft employee to end up at Qualtrics. In 2017, Julie Larson-Green left her role as Chief Experience Officer at Microsoft, having joined Qualtrics in a similar role a couple of months later. Qualtrics CEO Zig Serafin also worked at Microsoft for 17 years.