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Microsoft Ropes in Christopher Young as Business Development Head

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Microsoft Corp. announces Christopher Young as its executive vice president of business development. A renowned technology and cybersecurity thought leader and the Former CEO of McAfee, Christopher will report directly to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella. A Harvard graduate who led the initiative to spin McAfee out of Intel as a standalone company and has since spearheaded McAfee’s mission to protect systems and data of customers around the globe, he is also a member of Snapchat and American Express’ director board. Previously, Christopher has held senior leadership positions at Cisco, VMware, RSA and AOL.

In an issued statement, Nadella said, “I’ve known Chris for many years and have admired his

accomplishments as a leader. His experience and skills are an invaluable addition to our company and the senior leadership team. We know that for our customers and partners, the next decade of economic growth will be defined by the digital investments made today. With Chris’ leadership, the Business Development team will continue to be a key accelerant for our partnerships and new growth opportunities.”

Microsoft during the pandemic has been riding along an exceptional growth curve on the shoulders of its flagship cloud offering

An A.B. from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, Christopher is set to spearhead the tech major’s global business development strategies that drive growth across the company. His responsibilities will span across evaluating and executing strategic partnership opportunities, including alliances, venture investments and joint ventures that align with corporate strategy.

Christopher expresses his sentiments, “The pace of change in our world is accelerating, and technology-driven experiences that are more connected, interactive and intelligent are the drivers. It is great to be joining Microsoft, to help lead this transformation in the way we work and live.”

Microsoft during the pandemic has been riding along an exceptional growth curve on the shoulders of its flagship cloud offering, Azure. The revenue growth for Azure, was clocked at 48 percent, (up by a percentage point from the previous quarter), which surpasses the Wall Street estimates of 43.45 percent, according to consensus data from Visible Alpha.

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