Yammer’s Chief Product Officer Jim Patterson Is Stepping Down From Microsoft

Posted Apr 13, 2013

Yammer’s chief product officer Jim Patterson has left Microsoft.  Microsoft acquired Yammer for $1.2 billion in June 2012.  Patterson  was also an early member at Yammer’s engineering team where he worked as a director of engineering before leading the product team.  Pavan Tapadia will not become the chief product officer of Yammer.

Yammer was rolled into Microsoft Office and continued to report to Yammer’s CEO and co-founder David Sacks.  One of the issues with the acquisition was that Yammer had some layoffs two months ago and several people in sales and marketing was laid off.

Below is a statement that Yammer sent out about Patterson’s departure:

We can confirm that Jim is leaving Yammer to pursue new opportunities. We wish him well and thank him for his contributions. We?re excited to announce the promotion of Pavan Tapadia to chief product officer. Pavan has played a key role in helping make Yammer the best-in-class enterprise social network, and we?re excited about his vision for continuing Yammer?s rapid product innovation and growth.