CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Bill Shaughnessy is leaving his post as global VP-sales, marketing and services for Microsoft. He is expected to continue working at the company through March. It's unclear if or how Microsoft will replace him or what Mr. Shaughnessy's next move is.
Also unclear is why Mr. Shaughnessy is leaving; he is a 15-year veteran of Microsoft who, before leading ad sales, was general manger of product management for MSN's communications services, such as Hotmail, Messenger and MSN Spaces. He has also worked in ad operations and, before joining MSN in 1998, and held marketing stints for Windows.
Mr. Shaughnessy had worked closely with Brian McAndrews, who has also announced he's leaving Microsoft (he'll remain through the end of the year). Mr. McAndrews, in a letter to his staff, thanked Mr. Shaughnessy for building the Advertiser Publisher Services sales and marketing group.
"As the organization was being constructed, Bill worked hard to do so in a way that, if it were decided in the future to move the org into Consumer & Online, this could be done relatively seamlessly," he wrote as his own departure was announced last week. And indeed Mr. Shaughnessy's ad-sales team has been merged into Microsoft's larger centralized sales, marketing and services group.
One of Mr. Shaughnessy's most recent moves was hiring former Time Inc. executive Robin Domeniconi, who on Jan. 1 will assume take the title VP-U.S. advertising sales for the Redmond, Wash.-based software company. Now she and the rest of the APS sales and marketing team will be led by Microsoft Corporate VP Darren Huston, who heads the company's overall sales.