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Passing the Channel Leadership Baton
Jon Roskill
Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft
8/29/2013 9:45 AM
It is hard for me to believe that it has been three years (and four Worldwide Partner Conferences) since I stepped into the role of Channel Chief at Microsoft. During the course of those years, we’ve watched the IT industry evolve and together we have seized many business opportunities that have enabled us to grow and flourish. I’m proud to have had the responsibility to build an organization and a culture that embraces change and thrives on shaping the future, rather than being shaped by it. Partners have always been fundamental to Microsoft’s business, and you remain the backbone of our business success.
Now the time has come for me to pass the Channel Chief baton on to a new executive, Phil Sorgen, a 17-year veteran of Microsoft who previously led the company’s U.S. SMS&P group.
Throughout my tenure we’ve unveiled new programs, tools, resources and sales incentives to help partners embrace the industry’s transformation to the cloud, and though we still have more work to do, I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made.
Now, I’m excited to welcome Phil as the new corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group (WPG) and wish him much success in leading this important organization. Phil’s extensive experience working with U.S. and Canadian customers and partners will translate well into the role of Channel Chief, and I’m confident that he will continue to grow and diversify our partner ecosystem to meet the ever changing needs of our customers.
The Microsoft Partner Network will continue to evolve, and not only will you be present in its formation, you’ll be responsible for helping to shape and mold it to ensure it continues to meet your needs.
Microsoft is “all-in” in our commitment to the cloud, and I’m confident we’ll continue to grow our businesses together without cutting corners when faced with difficult decisions. We remain committed to working closely with you to successfully take advantage of the shift to the cloud, and we’ll continue to measure our success through your ability to capitalize on the new technological innovations we deliver.
My plan is to return to my roots of product development and take all the great insights I gained from my time with our partners and use them to create even more partner opportunity.
I’ve learned many valuable lessons as Channel Chief during the last three years, but the most important one remains this: “With the right partners, Microsoft can take on any business challenge.”
All the best,                                                                                                               
Christian Buckley
23 Oct 2013 - Jon, it was a pleasure working with you. Thanks for all of your support for the Seattle IAMCP! Good luck on your new role.
23 Sep 2013 - Thanks, Jon!
Mike Taylor
06 Sep 2013 - Sorry for the belated response - Jon it has been a pleasure meeting you and thanks for you support of the PAC initiative (SMS&P especially) and partners generally. You will be missed. I wish you the best of luck in your next role.
David Gersten
03 Sep 2013 - Jon - it has been fantastic working with you in the brief time I had the chance to and look forward to great new things ahead! Good luck with your new endeavors and thanks for all you have done to support the channel and IAMCP
Jon Roskill
30 Aug 2013 - Thanks to all of you for your kind words here and for your support over the years. It’s been an honor working with you. Partners have always the backbone of Microsoft, and I’m excited to see what amazing things you’ll do next.
Reginald Howatson - Dynamics TMS
30 Aug 2013 - Jon - BIG THANK YOU for your support of IAMCP. This is a GREAT partnership that will endure! The person that fills your shoes will have support from the IAMCP to continue to steer the partnership!
Per Werngren
30 Aug 2013 - Jon - a BIG THANK YOU for your GREAT partnership! During your tenure you have always been there for the IAMCP and you have steered the ship wonderfully! Your wisdom, knowledge and passion benefits us all and your passion inspire us! My best wishes for your new role!
Bill Hole
30 Aug 2013 - Good luck Jon! Thank you for all of your support and stewardship over the partner community.
Steve Hall
29 Aug 2013 - Thank you Jon for ALL you have done for the BIG and little partners around the globe.
Howard M. Cohen
29 Aug 2013 - Jon, from the very first time we spoke you demonstrated your passion for partners and your willingness to work together to find meaningful solutions. I will never forget that, and will always see this day as the end of an era for Microsoft Channel Partners. Just responding to your last comment, I would ask whose perception of "the right partners" will prevail. That can mean all the difference. Thanks again, Jon.
Ulises Aguilar Nahle
29 Aug 2013 - All the Best for you my friend! It has been a real pleasure to collaborate with you; You did a great job for Partners and I am sure you are going to continue making great success stories at Microsoft. BIG THANKS TO YOU! and we keep in touch. Hope to see you very soon.
Dr. Petri I. Salonen
29 Aug 2013 - Jon, thanks for your commitment on partner ecosystem and it was great working with you during your tenure! Good luck with new initiatives!
Matt Moalem
29 Aug 2013 - Thanks Jon and really appreciate all the support you gave my company GoKube and all the ISV's we've managed (like Yammer) and those who continue to innovate and drive revenue for Microsoft globally. Best of luck in your next venture. ~ Matt Moalem CEO/Founder GoKube
Jacobo Senior
29 Aug 2013 - Thanks Jon for your support to the partner ecosystem and to IAMCP. My best wishes!
Larry Walsh, The 2112 Group
29 Aug 2013 - It's been a pleasure working with you and your team, Jon. Best of luck in your new role.
29 Aug 2013 - A heartfelt thank you Jon for your leadership and dedication during your tenure.

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