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Microsoft's top German Juergen Gallmann resigns

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Friday October 6, 2006

Munich- The chief executive of Microsoft's German arm, Juergen Gallmann, resigned on Friday, apparently because of a row over US control of one of the software company's top-earning divisions. Microsoft said in a statement on Friday that Gallmann, 44, who held the title of vice president EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), was officially leaving at end of the year, but that his duties would be taken over immediately by Klaus Holse Andersen, 45.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa obtained a parting e-mail that Gallmann wrote to 2,000 employees in Germany, where he complained that the group's world headquarters in Redmond, Washington in the US had imposed increasing restrictions on the German operation.

Microsoft confirmed that there had been a difference of views about the future of Microsoft Germany.

Western Europe's biggest economy is a major market for the Windows operating system. Software piracy is rare among German customers.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency