Microsoft’s A.I. Guru Harry Shum is Leaving
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Microsoft’s A.I. Guru Harry Shum is Leaving

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: A file photo of Harry Shum / Source: Microsoft

On November 13, 2019, Microsoft announced the upcoming departure of Harry Shum, the executive vice president in charge of its artificial intelligence (A.I.) and research group. He is leaving the company in February 2020. 

He will continue to serve as an adviser to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and co-founder Bill Gates until his resignation. Shum is a 23-year company veteran who joined Microsoft in 1996 as a researcher and worked on the firm’s Bing search engine.

Kevin Scott, the company’s chief technology officer (CTO) and formerly a LinkedIn executive, is taking on Shum’s responsibilities in addition to his own.

While addressing his employees, Nadella said, "Harry has had a profound impact on Microsoft. His contributions in the fields of computer science and AI leave a legacy and a strong foundation for future innovation. I want to thank him for his leadership and partnership, and for all he has done for Microsoft."

It is yet not clear what Shum will do next.

Harry Shum's Career Timeline (in Microsoft);
  • In 1996, Shum joined Microsoft Research in Redmond. 
  • In 1998, he moved to Microsoft Research China (later renamed Microsoft Research Asia) when it was founded. 
  • In 2004, he became the Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia. 
  • In 2006, he was promoted to Distinguished Engineer of Microsoft Corporation. 
  • In 2007, he became Corporate Vice President of Bing Product Development at Microsoft. 
  • In 2013, he took on the responsibilities as Microsoft's Executive Vice President, Technology & Research including oversight of Microsoft Research.
  • Since 2016, he has been Microsoft's Executive Vice President for the AI & Research Group, leading the overall strategy and R&D efforts in AI while continuing oversight of Microsoft Research.