President, Microsoft International
Jean-Philippe Courtois leads global sales, marketing and services for Microsoft International, a territory that spans over 110 subsidiaries outside the United States and Canada. As president of Microsoft International, Jean-Philippe drives strategic planning, global operations and key growth initiatives in developed and emerging markets across Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia and Latin America for all of Microsoft’s products and services.
As a global technology leader, Microsoft is focusing on creating a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe - at home, at work, and on the go - for the activities they value most. The company's innovative technologies and local partnerships are transforming education, fostering local innovation and creating employment opportunities that help fuel a continuous cycle of sustained social and economic development. Courtois' leadership reflects these values and his deep personal commitment to customer and partner satisfaction, which results from long-term and trust-based relationships.
Courtois previously served as CEO and president of Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), where he led business planning and sales, marketing and services. His many notable accomplishments include significant improvements in customer satisfaction, enhanced regional integration and record sales growth.
Before his role in EMEA, Courtois was corporate vice president of worldwide customer marketing, based out of Microsoft's worldwide headquarters in Redmond, Wash. Courtois joined Microsoft in 1984 as a channel sales representative, and after holding several leadership positions, rose to general manager for Microsoft France in 1994.
Outside of Microsoft, Courtois is administrator for PlaNet Finance. He also serves on the board of directors for AstraZeneca, and is President of the Strategic Committee at Skema Business School. He has served as co-chairman of the World Economic Forum's Global Digital Divide Initiative Task Force and on the European Commission Information and Communication Technology task force.
In 2009, he also served as an EU Ambassador for the Year of Creativity and Innovation, and in 2011 he was named one of "Tech's Top 25" by The Wall Street Journal Europe.
A French national, Courtois obtained his diplôme des études commerciales supérieures (DECS) from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce, Nice (CERAM/Skema).