Visual Studio, Public Sector & Bing Executives Leave Microsoft

Linda Zecher, Microsoft's corporate vice president of the Worldwide Public Sector, is the latest in line of key Microsoft executives to leave the company this week.

Zecher, who had been Microsoft since 2003, has left the software giant to become the new chief executive officer of publishing giant, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). Before she came to Microsoft, Linda was a vice president at Oracle.

Dave Mendlen, senior director of Visual Studio, another Microsoft executive to depart this week, has left the company to become the chief marketing officer of DevExpress, a Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP).

Mendlen, who has spent 15 years of his life at Microsoft, has been the head product manager of Visual Studio and .NET as well. He was also the brain behind Microsoft’s ‘I’m a PC’ marketing campaign.

Barney Pell joined Microsoft in 2008 when the company acquired search and natural-language company PowerSet. Pell was the founder and CEO of PowerSet and was a part of Microsoft Bing’s development team. He oversaw the development of Bing’s local and mobile search capabilities and evangalised Bing to the US and global audience.

Pell has left the company to become a full-time angel investor and ‘parallel entrepreneur’, he informed via Twitter.