Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation
“Technology has an exponential path in front of it, meaning it has the ability to propel science, medicine, business, social issues and personal interactions in ways that are increasingly important to society and our own everyday lives.” -Cloud Computing, March 4, 2010
Steve Ballmer is CEO of Microsoft Corp., headquartered in Redmond, Washington. He joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the company’s first business manager. Before becoming CEO in 2000, his roles at Microsoft included senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software, and vice president of marketing.
Ballmer and the company's business and technical leaders focus on delivering devices and services that people love and businesses need. Under his leadership, Microsoft has more than tripled revenue and doubled profits since 2000.
Ballmer was born in March 1956, and he grew up near Detroit, where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Co. Ballmer lived down the hall from fellow sophomore Bill Gates at Harvard University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. He worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Co. as an assistant product manager and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business before joining Microsoft.
Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft Corporation
As Microsoft's chief operating officer, Kevin Turner is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Microsoft's worldwide sales, marketing, and services organization. Turner leads a global organization of over 47,000 employees, including field sales and marketing professionals who delivered US$77 billion in revenue during fiscal 2012. In addition to driving sales and marketing programs, Turner manages the online advertising sales organization and corporate support organizations, including product and customer support services, branding, advertising, public relations, marketing research and relationship marketing. Turner also oversees corporate operations and internal Information Technology that support the work of Microsoft's over 90,000 plus employees around the world.
In 2009, Turner also led and spearheaded Microsoft's entry into the Retail Stores business and he has global accountability for this newly created business division.
Along with Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and other senior executives, Turner serves on the Senior Leadership Team that sets the overall strategy and direction for Microsoft.
Prior to Microsoft, Turner worked nearly 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where he started as a cashier while going to college. Upon graduating from college he held various leadership positions within Wal-Mart including most recently as president and chief executive officer of SAM'S CLUB, with over 46 million members and over $37.1 billion USD in annual sales. Before this role, Turner worked for 13 years in Wal-Mart's IT department, where he reached the level of executive vice president and chief information officer, overseeing all information systems and IT operations for the company worldwide.
In 1995 at the age of 29, Turner became the youngest corporate officer ever named at Wal-Mart and in 1997 while having worldwide responsibility for all Application Development and Support at Wal-Mart, Turner became the recipient of the first "Sam M. Walton - Entrepreneur Of The Year" Award, which is the highest honor given at Wal-Mart and is determined by the Walton Family.
Turner has also received various selected honors including; TIME Magazine - People To Watch In International Business, FORTUNE Magazine - #4 Top 10 Most Influential on 40 Under 40, Business 2.0 - The 20 Young Exec's You Need To Know, 20/20 Vision Award, CIO 100 Award, and in 2007, he was named to the CIO Hall Of Fame by CIO Magazine, as well as listed fifth on CRN Magazine's Top 25 Most Innovative Executives. Additionally, Turner serves on the Nordstrom Inc. Board of Directors.
Turner graduated in 1987 from East Central University in Ada, Okla., with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management where he was also the Distinguished Alumnus in 2003. Turner lives in Bellevue WA., with his wife and 3 children.
Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corporation
As head of the Worldwide Partner Group, Jon Roskill is responsible for Microsoft's worldwide channel strategy for the company's commercial products and cloud offerings. In this capacity, Roskill leads a global sales and marketing team comprised of 5,000 employees and Microsoft's 640,000 independently owned-and-operated partner companies, a channel that drives 95% of Microsoft's annual revenue. Roskill leads the effort to activate Microsoft's diverse partner ecosystem, which includes distributors, system integrators, value-added resellers, independent software vendors, and Web application developers, to Microsoft's new cloud offerings.
Prior to assuming his current role, Roskill was corporate vice president for the U.S. Business & Marketing Office (BMO) for Microsoft, North America. In this role, Roskill led the teams responsible for all marketing activities for Microsoft's commercial products (Windows, Microsoft Office, etc.; all product lines except Xbox and MSN/advertising) which collectively generate more than $12 billion of revenue annually. He also managed the team of 80 technical and database analytics professionals who deliver the Microsoft Worldwide Digital Marketing Platform and associated analysis and analytic models. During this tenure, Roskill provided thought leadership and direction to bringing Microsoft's industry-leading Cloud Computing initiatives to market.
Before taking a leadership role in launching Microsoft's U.S. Subsidiary and leading the BMO, Roskill was general manager of Developer and .NET Enterprise Server marketing, where he led a team responsible for the product management and product marketing of industry-leading products such as Microsoft SQL Server database software, Commerce Server, BizTalk Server, and Microsoft Visual Studio.
Prior to beginning his career at Microsoft in 1993, Roskill was a marketing manager at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he worked on projects including the Digital AlphaPC and Digital's Fault Tolerant line of computers, beginning in a role as CPU designer before making the switch from engineering to marketing.
Roskill received his B.S.E.E., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was also a member of the Eta Kappa Nu honor society. He received his M.B.A. from Boston University. He attended Amherst High School and Northfield Mount Hermon preparatory school, where he lettered in soccer and alpine ski racing.
Roskill is also a leader in Microsoft's community giving efforts, serving on the board of directors of the King County Boys & Girls Clubs for the past two years, and also provides leadership to Microsoft's efforts in corporate sponsorships and marketing.
Chief Storyteller, Microsoft Corporation
Steve Clayton is Editor of the Next at Microsoft blog, resident Microsoft storyteller and manages Microsoft’s ‘owned’ corporate media platforms. In this role, Steve works with teams across Microsoft to tell the story of Microsoft via Microsoft News Center, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and was the architect of the acclaimed “88 Acres” story that heralded a new direction for Microsoft’s corporate storytelling. On the Next blog, Steve highlight’s the work of product groups, Microsoft Research, incubations teams and individuals – all with the aim of providing an insider’s view of Microsoft and showing people what’s next in technology. He spends time with the company’s developers, researchers, ethnographers, sociologists, cinematographers, and even race car drivers and highlights their work through speaking his blogging.
Prior to this, Steve held roles as Director of Cloud Strategy in Microsoft International and CTO of Microsoft's UK Partner Group. He has worked at Microsoft for over 15 years in a range of sales and technical roles - always with a passion for technology and its potential impact on the world. Steve has won the coveted Microsoft Circle of Excellence Award three times.
Steve has a keen interest in all areas of technology and prior to launching the Next at Microsoft site, authored the award winning blog titled “Geek in Disguise”.
Steve holds a 1st class honours degrees from Loughborough University in Information and Computing. Outside of work he’s a fan of Liverpool Football Club and enjoys design and scuba diving.
Laura K. Ipsen
Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation
As corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector organization, Laura Ipsen leads a team of more than 1,900 sales and marketing professionals serving government, education, and non-privatized healthcare customers in more than 100 countries. With over 20 years of experience working with government and policy makers, Ipsen drives Microsoft's efforts to partner with governments to provide innovative technology solutions; helping improve government operations, the delivery of services to citizens, expand the quality and reach of educational opportunities, and grow local economies.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Ipsen served as senior vice president and general manager of Connected Energy Networks at Cisco, where she led the effort to use the network as the platform to transform how the world manages its energy, building smart grid solutions for Utilities globally. Previously, Ipsen established and managed Cisco's Global Policy and Government Affairs division for 13 years and was responsible for developing Cisco's public policy agenda and advancing governmental policies.
Ipsen currently serves on the board of Monsanto and is the past chair of the board of the Information Technology Industry Council. She received numerous awards and recognition for her work in information and communications technology, sustainability and gender diversity.
Ipsen holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Foreign Affairs at University of Virginia and studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan. She is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley Chapter.
President, Server & Tools Business, Microsoft Corporation
Satya Nadella is president of Microsoft Corporation’s Server and Tools Business (STB), a US$19 billion division that builds and runs the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services.
Nadella and his team deliver the “Cloud OS” – Microsoft’s next generation back-end platform. Designed for computing in the cloud era, the Cloud OS is a rich, consistent platform that spans private, public and service cloud providers and is capable of running at global, multi-datacenter scale. Today, businesses everywhere depend on the products that make up the Cloud OS to meet their most challenging and critical computing needs, including Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center and Windows Azure.
Prior to STB, Nadella was senior vice president of R&D for the Online Services Division, which includes the Search (Bing), Portal (MSN) and Advertising platforms. In that role, Nadella was responsible for the technical vision and engineering behind some of the largest cloud infrastructure on the planet, serving hundreds of millions of customers each day as well as providing advertisers with a scalable search and display platform for connecting with their customers.
Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992. Prior to joining the Online Services Division, he led Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS), which develops and markets the Microsoft Dynamics line of ERP and CRM products. In addition, he spent several years leading engineering efforts in Microsoft's Server group. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems Inc.
A native of Hyderabad, India, Nadella has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master's degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He and his wife have three children and reside in Washington state.
Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Windows, Microsoft Corporation
Tami Reller leads business and marketing strategy for the Windows business. As chief marketing officer and chief financial officer of the division, Reller is responsible for the business operations, financial performance and global marketing of all international releases of Windows, Internet Explorer, Windows Services and Surface.
Over the course of her career, Reller has held a variety of leadership roles in marketing, finance, sales and general management. Before joining Windows in 2007, Reller held leadership positions within the Microsoft Dynamics Division.
Reller began her career in technology at Great Plains Software in 1984, while still in college. She had a number of leadership positions within the company, including chief financial officer, a position she held at the time of the acquisition of Great Plains Software by Microsoft Corp. in 2001.
A native of Grand Forks, N.D., Reller earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Minnesota State University Moorhead and an MBA from St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.