Microsoft loses Love following Paris move

Microsoft has called in headhunters to fill its top European comms job, as Mike Love prepares to relinquish the role 19 months after being appointed.

Love told PRWeek his position of senior director of corporate comms EMEA had been relocated from Berkshire to Paris, where the rest of the company's EMEA team is based. He did not want to move.

Love - who joined Microsoft in 2005 after a decade at McDonald's (PRWeek, 10 December 2004) - is continuing to work with the EMEA comms team on ‘special projects' while he ‘considers his options'. At McDonald's he was latterly corporate V-P/director of corporate affairs Europe.

Love has reported to Microsoft's Paris-based general manager EMEA Philippe Dumont, who confirmed the company was in the ‘very early stages' of looking for a replacement. ‘We are looking internally and have just appointed a headhunter,' Dumont said.

Microsoft is currently in a political wrangle with the European Commission over its Vista operating system, after being told that it could violate European competition rules.

Vista, the successor to Microsoft Windows, has been beset by delays and reports of bugs in the system, but is due to go on sale to consumers in January.

Large corporations could receive their versions as early as this November.

Before McDonald's, Love worked as a political agent for Margaret Thatcher.

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