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Microsoft Resignation: VP of Energy Brian Janous Set to Exit

June 30, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

One of Microsoft's top renewable energy, sustainability and green IT experts has resigned from the technology giant's cloud data center business. The departure involves Microsoft VP of Energy Brian Janous, according to Business Insider.

Brian Janous, formerly VP of Energy, Microsoft

Janous is leaving Microsoft to "pursue his next opportunity," according to an internal email viewed by Business Insider. The name of his next employer was not disclosed. His departure ends an 11-year tenure at the software giant -- which involved various energy strategy, renewable power and utility roles, according to Janous's LinkedIn bio.

A Microsoft spokesperson said the Cloud Operations and Innovation leadership continues to evolve, and the overall team continues to grow. But the company did not mention a specific successor for Janous.

Microsoft's overall sustainability strategy is quite ambitious. The cloud computing, software and device giant expects to be carbon negative by 2030.

The effort includes:

Cloud Services: Renewable Energy and Sustainability Moves

Meanwhile, rival data center and cloud service providers are marching forward with various sustainability strategies.

Melanie Nakagawa, chief sustainability officer, Microsoft
Melanie Nakagawa, chief sustainability officer, Microsoft

Cloud-scale players such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud have made major sustainability commitments. Regional data center providers are also making moves. A few examples:

Microsoft Inspire 2023: More Sustainability and Green IT Partnerships?

So what's next? Keep an eye on Microsoft Inspire 2023, a virtual partner conference that runs July 18-19. We'll be listening for green IT and sustainability partner updates at the show.

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