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Tony Prophet, former HP senior VP joins Microsoft as head of Windows Marketing

The Microsoft Windows Marketing team will have a new boss to report to starting in early May. Tony Prophet, the former Hewlett Packard Senior Vice President of Operations for Printing and Personal Systems, will be stepping into the role of Corporate Vice President, Windows Marketing.

"We can confirm Tony Prophet will be joining Microsoft as corporate vice president, Windows Marketing, reporting to Chris Capossela. Tony will focus on growing the Windows ecosystem and enabling our partners to be more successful building on Windows."

Prophet will be replacing Thom Gruhler, the current Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Windows who will himself be moving to Microsoft's Applications & Services group in a role that Microsoft is not yet willing to specify.

Source: ZDNet

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CJ Thunder says:

Damn, that is a good headshot. Looks like a stock photo.

Whodaboss says:

It was taken with a Lumia 1020. ;)

louisoneal says:

Haha, I was thinking the same thing.

Hope marketing will get better...

A895 says:

This.

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crise says:

That won't be really difficult. It was really really bad. Even I could do a better job I'm pretty sure.

sip1995 says:

Are you kidding me, even I can do a better job.....btw please stop the exclusive phones to carriers.

crise says:

Kidding what? I bet even,you could do a better job as well.

desitunez says:

you do realise that exclusive phones to carriers , it not determined by Nokia or Microsoft. its requested by Carriers themselves.

Eg

AT&T is nokias customer and buys phones from Nokia , Nokia has no saying here unless your samsung or iphone.   AT&T would say yes i will buy stock of 500K  1520 phones if  ( you make it exclusive for AT&T only).

 

 

rodneyej says:

Exactly❗❗

sahib lopez says:

Hey jobs lets get into the marketing business!!! ;)

Tips_y says:

But isn't the new chairman of Microsoft, John W. Thompson, also black?
Edit: Sorry, this question is meant for A895.

planoman says:

Yes, the Chairman, John W. Thompson is also black.  As a MSFT shareholder for many, many years, the only color I care about is green as in making the stock price go up! 

Tips_y says:

Goes without saying. All these corporate guys may have different colored skins on the outside but peel that off and they're all colored green.

crise says:

They are shapeshifting reptilians.. Everybody knows that..

MikeSo says:

It can't get worse, at least. Right? Please, don't let it get worse...

sip1995 says:

I can, for ex. if they choose to release ALL the new phones just for AT&T then yes, it can get worse.

Novron says:

Don't see how, he was at HP. I haven't seen any HP marketing in a few years. I honestly don't see the the reason for hiring him.

MadSci2 says:

I would agree. HP maintains its market position via sales domination, not by advertising. That might work for Windows, but clearly not for Windows Phone.

A895 says:

Good to see a successful black man in tech. I'm black myself and it's a rarity to see others of the same skin color in this business.
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Edit: His facial hair is perfectly trimmed. That whole headshot is so professional. If I was him I would put that photo on all his business cards and on the door to his office.

montel22 says:

Amen to that brotha.

ajohnson777 says:

Amen! Glad to see diversity at Microsoft.

caliborn says:

Brothas in tech unite!

WilsonBlaze says:

He's not really a tech guy, more of a saleman or a pitch type of person

caliborn says:

This is true.  But let's roll with it since he works for a tech company.

kerell78us says:

Hahaha that's funny because today when I saw this pic below I was shocked. I said to myself, do they really have folks such as myself in those positions in tech.

http://www.winbeta.org/sites/default/files/news/microsoftkevindallaswind...

rodneyej says:

Black power???... Really.. Lol❕❕❕

rodneyej says:

It doesn't surprise me a bit.....
.................
We can really sat that our society has progressed when things like this aren't, and don't have to be, acknowledged.... I guess we still have work to do... Lol❕

Novron says:

No, we don't. Population statistics plays a big part. "We don't have black people here, we must be a racist company." No sir, they all live in LA and don't want to commute.

Tips_y says:

But isn't the new chairman of Microsoft, John W. Thompson, also black?

Drehood says:

Lol, I'm with you!! I worked for H-P for over 11 years in the Personal Systems Group supply chain that he headed up, and was very proud to find out that Tony was black. I wish him the best of luck at MS.

Another proud black guy here!

Novron says:

Plenty of black guys in tech in the south. Black woman? Those are like unicorns.

Black women have horns?!

aitt says:

Once a month...

blackhawk556 says:

Lol hahahahhaahaha :)

blackprince says:

Only once a month?

Here, have my internets for the week.

A895 says:

Haha

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herbertsnow says:

High tech unicorn black women, sounds awesome.

Shantek says:

Black/white/chinese.... It really shouldn't matter, even acknowledging his race I see as a bad thing. If he is good at his job, then I'm all for it

planoman says:

Nothing wrong with being proud of someone of your race/national orgin etc.  As I recall plenty of Indians sounded off proudly that the new CEO was Indian.   Competence is key though!  Results is what matters in a for profit corporation.  

Shantek says:

Yeah don't get me wrong, totally agree with being proud of a nationality and what not. But for me, it just comes down to performance

planoman says:

I hear you!  

Drehood says:

If you're not black, you probably can't appreciate this sort of thing. Black men get a ton of negative imagery in everyday life (some warranted, some not) so when we see a black man doing big things, it gives us a sense of pride. How is this a negative to you?

A895 says:

This all day.

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A895 says:

Jesus. Can't have one proud moment.

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ymcpa says:

What are you proud of? Is he related to you? Do you know him? Was I supposed to be proud that Bill Gates and Steven Ballmer were white and ran Microsoft? I'm from Russia. Am I supposed to be proud of Sergei Brin?

herbertsnow says:

Be proud when putin starts ww3.

Drehood says:

Uh, there are tons of white people in positions of power in the corporate world so it's not uncommon for you to see. It's not nearly as prevalent for black people. If a black person wants to be proud to see another black person do well, wtf difference does that make to you?!

A895 says:

This.

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A895 says:

Wtf is wrong with you? You're not black so you definitely would not understand.

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blackprince says:

It's definitely a black thing

A895 says:

This.

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I'm more proud that it's quite a few black people on here.

/Also Black/Afro American/ North American of African decentTM

Dam I wanted that job I had a interview and everything,:'( oh well I guess I can work at Samsung electronics.

Jas00555 says:

You mean the....
*puts sunglasses on*
Dark side?

sip1995 says:

No, go work for deadberry....

Xellsama says:

Hmm...I don't recall HP being very outstanding in their marketing department though (or consumer area overall).But I hope his experience with the OEMs helps pushing MS marketing towards a more practical form.

spaulagain says:

Exactly my thoughts. I can't remember the last time I've seen an HP ad, especially one that wad good. Hope this guy has a good team under him to make magic happen.

Glad we all agree on that. I'd rather someone from Intel ramp up marketing, they seem to know what they're doing.

Daniel Meek says:

To be fair, there is a whole lot to marketing than TV spots. In fact, when was the last time you saw a nice consumer HP product? I mean, the ebay queen was going to totally shut down the consumer division not that long ago simply because it didn't really matter. Nadella is from the business world rather than the consumer world, and HP is very much a business supply company rather than a consumer company... I would venture to guess that it is his business marketing experience that got him the job as this is going to be the main emphesis of Microsoft for the forseeable future.
But, there is still hope that when the video team throws a bunch of dancing people clicking keyboards together than Prophet will have the good sense to say 'No'.

Actually it was the silly Leo Apotheker the previous CEO that wanted to shut down and sell the consumer side. He really hurt HP, but the current CEO Meg Whitman is trying her best to bring HP back and undo what Leo did.

ymcpa says:

Those ads actually did give the surface some exposure. They were memorable. The problem is that you have to follow up a commercial like that with a commercial that actually shows what the product can do.  

sinime says:

Glass to have him on MS' team*

* as long as he had nothing to do with webOS' demise.

pantiko says:

^This... Man did I love my Pre!

sahib lopez says:

Damn not going to lie but he is good looking. I can see him in some hanes or fruit the loom commercial

sahib lopez says:

Shhhh shhh just let it happen ;) don't fight it just let it happen

Tips_y says:

Didn't know HP was doing so well in marketing that they just had to get somebody from there to work with Microsoft.

SamiSaifDine says:

He must show up in every new Lumia trailer speaking about how wonderful is the design and the built

wraedeo_hed says:

Well hopefully Mr. Prophet can give us a prophecy on how windows can generate more profit........ See what I did there.....

terrokkinit says:

You're a clever one! ;)

planoman says:

Lol!   +925!

STXVI says:

I see it and raise it 920.

Chef316 says:

So much diversity at Microsoft! Not just in race, but it talents and skills! Hope they are able to pull those set of diverse skills and experiences to do extremely well!!!

John Buxbaum says:

Oh Joy... Because HP is doing just sooo dandy!! I'd be more excited if his previous employer was a bit better off..

planoman says:

HPQ had a good year.  Stock price up almost 60% in the last year.  

leo74 says:

HP hasn't seen a good year in a long time. Stocks are up because Meg keeps cutting them to death... Declining revenues in practically all business and increasing profits doesn't work for very long...

planoman says:

Damn, time to sell HPQ.  

DarwinPurol says:

One goes out, one goes in

herbertsnow says:

Tony Prophet sounds like a villain from of a comic book movie.

Forget the marketing and just have him hawk the products.  Dude has the name and looks to back it up.  I'm buying and I'm 100% Hetro. 

frett says:

I don't know. If he's the one that came up with all the HP ads with the creepy "Nightmare Before Christmas" font we are screwed.

gutl says:

hahaha jesus what's going on in this post 

milfermon says:

I just hope the guy gets good results for Microsoft, good luck

Jeternal740 says:

"I hate my gums cuz they black"

caliborn says:

LMAO!!  You owe me a beer!!

MMissionary says:

Nigga takin my job! Well he's got a *wink* prophetic name. Hehehe Anywho he seems cool.

remmo says:

OMG!!! that was the guy who sent webOS to the hell??

Drehood says:

No it wasn't, that would be former CEO Léo Apotheker.

Marco Gomes1 says:

Prophet?! The guy from Crysis?! That guys is badass!

Jazmac says:

Congrats to Tony Prophet on the new veep slot.