Chief Product Officer and long-time Surface evangelist Panos Panay is out at Microsoft, the executive has confirmed. The news arrives days before a New York City event set to debut new Surface hardware.
Panay had been at Microsoft for nearly 20 years, beginning with a stint as Group Program Manager, PC hardware, back in 2004. After an eight-year stint as Corporate VP of Microsoft Devices, the executive was appointed to his most recent role in 2018. During his time at Microsoft, Panay was well known for his impassioned Surface presentations.
Panay announced the news via Twitter this morning, noting, “After 19 incredible years at Microsoft, I’ve decided to turn the page and write the next chapter. I’m forever grateful for my time at Microsoft and the amazing people I had the honor to make products with.”
The news comes a month after another high profile hardware executive announced his exit. In August, Amazon’s hardware chief Dave Limp confirmed he would be stepping down by end of year.