Panos Panai is leaving Microsoft after 19 years with the company, it has been confirmed. As a chief product officer with Microsoft, he is working on Windows 11 development and the company’s Surface line. Rajesh Jha, Microsoft’s vice president of experience and tools, reported the news to employees in an email.
Panay joined Microsoft in 2004 as a group program manager, overseeing several major products. After leading the development of the first Surface line of tablets and hybrid laptops, he was named the company’s chief product officer in 2018. His progress continued in 2021, when he was promoted to executive vice president after the successful launch of Windows 11, finally participating in A leadership team that directly advises CEO Satya Nadella.
No real reason has been given by either side, but Panay says he has “turned the page and decided to write the next chapter.” The timing here is a bit dubious as Microsoft. Thursday will definitely be dedicated to new surface products. We reached out to the company to find out why Panay is leaving the position and what it means going forward. We’ll update this post when we hear more.
As for what’s next, Microsoft previously said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of modern life, search and devices, will take over Panay’s position as head of the Windows and Surface division. The company still seems to be committed to two business areas that Panay has consistently promoted: and mixed-reality. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in A That the company will remain “firm and determined in our strategy”. We’ll have to see how this unfolds on Thursday’s Microsoft Surface-centric event.