Microsoft veteran to head Juniper software business

Bob Muglia appointed as head of new Software Solutions Division for Juniper Networks

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Microsoft veteran to head Juniper software business Muglia was previously in charge of Microsoft's $15bn pa Servers & Tools Business unit.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 26, 2011

Juniper Networks has announced the appointment of Microsoft veteran Bob Muglia to head up its new Software Solutions Division.

Muglia will take on a newly created role as executive vice president of the division, to oversee software strategy on a company-wide basis.

The new business unit centralises all of Juniper's software activities, including the SRX Series and vGW Series security offerings, MobileNext core for mobile operators, the Junos Pulse mobile security suite for managing devices, and the Junos Space platform for developing and deploying network applications.

Juniper said in a statement that it is "sharpening its focus on systems and software as the two core engines of growth for the company".

Muglia has spent Microsoft for 23 years, most recently as head of its Servers and Tools Business unit (STB), and has held leadership roles across all of Microsoft's business units including Developer, Office, Mobile Devices, Windows NT and Online Services.

Despite increasing revenues from STB by 50%, Muglia was replaced by Satya Nadella in February, but agreed to stay on to provide a smooth transition.

Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks, who was also a former Microsoft business unit president, said in a statement: "We are excited to have a leader of Bob's calibre coming on board to lead Juniper's software initiatives, and I'm confident that his vision, management savvy and technical expertise will bring tremendous value to our organisation. As we continue to execute on our growth strategy centred on systems and software, we look forward to Bob playing a central role in extending our leadership position in network-powered software solutions."

"I have long respected Juniper for its disruptive approach to solving the toughest networking problems and for its networking vision that is simple, open and programmable," said Muglia. "I am thrilled to be joining Kevin and his team and look forward to contributing to the company's continued success and momentum in the marketplace."

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