Bob Muglia quits Microsoft for Juniper in cloud coup

Bob Muglia (Microsoft)
By Richi Jennings (@richi ) - July 26, 2011.

Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) has nabbed Bob Muglia from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). Muglia, the ex-president of the Software And Tools Business (STB) is off to help Juniper with its cloud computing strategy. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers follow the money.

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Jim Duffy blogs thuswise:

Juniper this week announced that Muglia will be joining [it] as executive vice president of its Software Solutions Division. ...Muglia will oversee the company's end-to-end software strategy and lead the newly formed...Division...[reporting] to Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson...whom he worked under at Microsoft for 18 months


Muglia most recently served as president of Microsoft's $15 billion Server and Tools Business...responsible for infrastructure software, developer tools and cloud platforms. ... Software will be a key enabler of mobile device support, cloud computing and application intelligence...Muglia says. ... [He also] said he talked to several companies, and venture capital and equity firms...including Cisco, before deciding to go to Juniper.   

   Nick Eaton adds background:

Microsoft announced Muglia’s forthcoming departure in January at the beginning of...the “executive exodus,” when dozens of influential Microsofties started leaving. ...CEO Steve Ballmer said “now is the time” for new leadership in the $17 billion [STB] division.


Muglia worked for 23 years at Microsoft and...helped lead the software giant’s foray into cloud computing. That experience is likely what Juniper wants. ... Brad Brooks, a former Windows marketing corporate vice president, also left Microsoft...for Juniper. Brooks...left Redmond in January to be Juniper’s vice president of worldwide enterprise marketing and solutions.   

Mary Jo Foley knows all about it:

Muglia left amid rumors that he was unhappy with some pending changes to the STB business by CEO Steve Ballmer. ... The No.2 ranking exec in STB, Amitabh Srivastava, also resigned shortly after Muglia after allegedly being passed over for the President spot. ... Srivastava recently accepted a job as President of EMC’s Advanced Storage Division.


Other Softies working at Juniper include...Gerri Elliott, who is Chief Sales Officer at Juniper...Eddie Amos, Vice President of Developer Marketing...and Lauren Cooney, Director of Developer Evangelism.   

And Arik Hesseldahl "talked briefly with Muglia about his plans for his new job":

He said that the new software solutions division will bring together software that sits on top of Juniper’s Junos operating make [its networking] gear manage. You don’t usually think of software as being a big part of networking equipment, but [with] cloud computing...that’s changing.


On Muglia’s watch, STB sales grew more than 12 percent, and operating margins went from 31 percent to 37 percent...[nowhere] near as profitable as the other two divisions: Business Division reported operating margins of 63 percent...while Windows saw 70 percent.   

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