Redmond, Wash. (June 4, 2004) -- Microsoft Business Solutions and its senior vice president, Doug Burgum, are taking on a more prominent role within the Microsoft family, with changes that have Burgum reporting directly to chief executive Steve Ballmer while the group’s sales and marketing arm and its leader are folded into MBS.

Last March, Ballmer personally appointed worldwide marketing guru Orlando Ayala to head up Microsoft’s 8,000-person Small and Mid-market Solutions and Partners Group, giving the needed sales and marketing muscle for MBS. But, after much discussion, Microsoft has placed Ayala and his division within Burgum’s group.

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