Microsoft Australia Leadership Team

Microsoft Australia Leadership Team

Michael Gration

Public Sector Director

I joined Microsoft in 2006 and am responsible for managing one of the most vibrant businesses in the Company, servicing local, state and federal government accounts including defence, education and health.

We focus on our people providing an environment that fosters teamwork, integrity and success. Our customers come first and we pride ourselves on that approach.

Prior to this I was the Director for Health and Human Services in Australia responsible for our small, medium and enterprise customers within the Health industry. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge that came with establishing a new vertical business within the subsidiary especially at a time when health reform was such a significant national concern.

My career experience before Microsoft includes over 16 years in management positions in both local and international integration businesses represented within the Federal market.

While I was born in Nowra NSW, and have lived through much of Australia as a youth, I finally settled in Canberra where I live with my wife and two teenage boys.

Michelle Tea

Services Director

I am responsible for the consulting and enterprise support division of Microsoft Australia. I oversee a team of experts that accelerate adoption, streamline deployment and optimise the use of Microsoft IT solutions as well as develop new IT initiatives for customers to deliver business value.

I joined Microsoft Australia in 2008 as NSW public sector director, before being promoted to the role of OEM director in July 2010. Prior to Microsoft Australia, I held senior roles with Dimension Data including NSW state manager and have worked in and enjoyed the information technology and services sector for 23 years.

I have a Bachelor of Economics from The Australian National University and live on Sydney's Northern Beaches with my husband and two children. I enjoy surfing, football, spending time on the beach with my family and playing the piano.

Nigel O'Rorke

Consumer Channels Group Lead

As lead of the Consumer Channels Group, I am responsible for driving strategy for Windows PCs, Windows Phones, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office and Microsoft's hardware offering, which includes keyboards and mice.

The Consumer Channels Group brings together Microsoft's Retail, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Distribution, Online and Mobile Operator teams into one integrated team, all of whom are passionate about delivering great experiences for Australian consumers across our suite of technologies, products and services.

I have been with Microsoft for six years and am energised daily by Microsoft’s drive to help enhance people’s lives, whether that be with Microsoft Office to be more productive at work, at home or in the classroom, or having fun playing Xbox in the lounge room or across the globe on Xbox LIVE. When I reflect on Microsoft’s passion for helping people reach their full potential, and the contribution we seek to make in the broader economy and the community, I feel great pride to be working here.

Earlier in my career, I spent three years as the Chief Executive of a sustainable forestry company and nine years as a Chartered Accountant working for firms in New Zealand and Australia.

I am a running aficionado and also enjoy outdoor activities such as boating, mountain biking and tennis with my family.

Pip Marlow

Managing Director, Microsoft Australia

As Managing Director, Pip Marlow is responsible for Microsoft’s overall business in Australia. She ensures the company meets the needs of its customers and the 14,000 partners and independent software vendors that sell or build on the Microsoft platform.

Pip began her 18-year career with Microsoft in 1995, working in the Australian Partner team on anti-piracy efforts, and the system builder channel and distribution strategy. She then moved to Microsoft’s head office in Seattle, US, where she held a succession of senior roles, including General Manager for US channel sales.

After eight years in the US, Pip returned to Microsoft Australia. She worked in various positions across the business, including as Director of Small and Medium Business Solutions, and Partners. Before being appointed Managing Director in January 2011, Pip held the joint role of Enterprise and Partner Group Director and Public Sector Director.

Pip has a long history in the IT industry. One of her first roles was at Samsung Information Systems, where she was responsible for building the company’s semiconductor distribution business. Before joining Microsoft, she was part of the founding team at Agate Technology, which became one of Australia’s largest storage distributors.

Pip enjoys working in a vibrant, collaborative environment, and is an advocate for flexible workplaces that empower people through trust and accountability.

Born, raised and educated in Palmerston North, New Zealand, Pip lives in Sydney with her Scottish husband and two daughters, Sophie and Lucy.

Mark Leigh

Marketing & Operations Lead

I'm thrilled to lead the Marketing & Operations team as Microsoft Australia heads into one of its biggest product re-fresh and launch periods in its history. As Marketing & Operations Lead, I oversee the development and execution of marketing strategies across a broad range of the company's flagship products and services. Together with my team, I'm passionate about providing Australian consumers and businesses with exceptional technology that not only enhances people’s lives but helps every individual and every organisation reach their full potential.

Prior to my current role, I was Specialist Sales Director for our Enterprise business, where I led a team of 85 Solution sellers. In this role I was responsible for driving growth and helping large enterprises transform their businesses to take advantage of cloud computing. Before that, I held a range of Operational, Sales and Industry Management roles.

Before joining Microsoft, I lived in New York for seven years, where I was a founding employee of an internet messaging company called Easylink. In a short period of time, the company grew to over 1,000 employees offering messaging services in the consumer and enterprise markets. Easylink listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1999, at which time it was generating approximately US$100 million of revenue per annum.

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and hold a Bachelor's degree in Finance and IT from the University of Cape Town. I am married with two children, aged three and seven, and live in Sydney, Australia.