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Kevin Johnson signed as new Juniper CEO

Microsoft veteran Kevin Johnson to take on CEO role at Juniper as MS restructures online and Windows group

Kevin Johnson, a long-serving Microsoft executive and head of the company's Windows and online business, is to join Juniper as CEO.

Johnson, who spent sixteen years at Microsoft, will join Juniper in September, and will also take a seat on the board of the company.

Johnson said: "I am delighted to join Juniper. Juniper is a company with a clear technology advantage, great talent, and an amazing growth opportunity in a growing industry.  I'm looking forward to bringing my experience to help Juniper scale and deliver great value to Juniper's customers, partners, employees and shareholders."

Current CEO and chairman Scott Kriens will remain as chairman, with an active role in strategy and leadership development, according to a company statement.

Kriens commented: "We are very excited to welcome Kevin as our new CEO.  He is a world-class executive, and a person whose values align exactly with the culture upon which Juniper has been built.  I look forward to working closely with Kevin in the years to come as we continue to build on Juniper's success."

The move comes as Microsoft shakes up its online services business, in what is seen by some as a shake-up after the stalled Yahoo! bid. Johnson was head of Microsoft's Platforms & Services division, which is now being split into two units, for online services and Windows platform respectively, with both divisions reporting directly to CEO Steve Ballmer.