Head of Microsoft Germany quits

Central management style from Redmond was too galling for Gallmann and he steps down at Christmas

The chief executive of Microsoft in Germany Jrgen Gallmann has told staff he will step down at the end of the year over management differences with Microsoft head office.

In a mass email to employees Gallmann explained that he had decided to quit because he felt increasingly constrained by central management decisions from Redmond. He also alleged that central office showed little interest in taking local factors into account.

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"Jrgen Gallmann has requested that his contract with Microsoft Germany be terminated because there are differing opinions concerning the direction the subsidiary should take in the future," said Microsoft in a statement.

Gallmann, 44, joined Microsoft Germany in 2000 and has made it one of the company's most successful and profitable divisions. Klaus Holse Andersen, the current vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions, will take over Gallmann's role, reporting to Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International.

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