Paul Maritz, one of Microsoft's top executives, has become the latest in a series of senior-level managers to leave the software vendor. Microsoft late Wednesday announced the 45-year-old Maritz, who was group vice president of its platforms strategy and developer group, is retiring from the company after working there for the past 14 years. His departure comes a year after Maritz cut back on his operational duties at Microsoft and began focusing more on technical strategies and developer relations.
Maritz will continue to work as a consultant to Microsoft on strategic and business issues, the company said. Sanjay Parthasarathy, a Microsoft vice president who previously reported to Maritz, will now take on what the company described as a new "developer evangelism" and business development job, reporting to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
In his most recent position, Maritz was responsible for overall platforms strategy plus product planning and business development for Microsoft's tools and related technologies, including the new Internet-based .Net computing strategy the company announced in June.