Duane Forrester from Bing has announced he is leaving Microsoft after nearly 8 years with the company. Or has he said on Facebook: Same old story. Boy meets cute opportunity. Boy falls in love with cute opportunity. Boy drops everything to pursue cute opportunity.
He made a more official announcement via his blog.
I’m leaving Bing. In fact, I’m leaving Microsoft.
My last day, after almost 8 years with Microsoft, will be November 13th. I know, I know…ominous, right? Friday the 13th. But hey, its as good a day to wrap things up as any.
Duane has been a popular figure in the industry for many years and last year he won the US Search Personality of the Year award… after which he was famously laid off from Bing, only to return later that year.
Duane hints that he already has his next move planned out, but will not be announcing it yet.
Now it’s time for me to move from the corporate world back to the world of small business. I’ll still be in the industry, still reachable, but no longer a direct contact at Bing. I will miss the people at Microsoft and the company. They are doing great things (OK, I’m going to let my bias show here – they are doing some amazing things!).
For the moment, I’m leaving the obvious blank unfilled. I’ll pop up again soon to let folks know where I’m headed.
Not surprising, as when Bing laid him off last year, he had numerous SEO agencies interested in bringing up on board, so all eyes will be on seeing where he lands or if he is starting his own business in the industry.
Duane says he is leaving Bing Webmaster Tools in good hands, although no one from the organic side of Bing was as visible as Duane was. So we will definitely see if someone steps up to become the more visible face of Bing Webmaster Tools and Bing Search in the future at conferences.
Photo credit: Steve Boymel
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