Microsoft Top Marketer Mich Mathews to Exit

Microsoft Top Marketer Mich Mathews to Exit

She announced her retirement last night to company executives and will be helping Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, to whom she reports, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer find her replacement.

Ms. Mathews oversees more than $1 billion in annual marketing spending for the Redmond, Wash., tech company, including Microsoft's consumer brands such as Windows, Bing and Xbox.

BoomTown is speculating Yusuf Mehdi replacing Mich.

While Microsoft will be conducting a global search for a replacement, several sources said the most obvious internal candidate for the job is Yusuf Mehdi, who is SVP for its Online Audience Business.

He leads global product management, strategic partnerships, business development and U.S. marketing execution for the unit.