Laura Ipsen

Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft
Laura K. Ipsen is corporate vice president of Microsoft's Worldwide Public Sector organization, leading a team of more than 1,900 sales and marketing professionals serving government, public safety and national security, education and non-privatized healthcare customers in more than 100 countries. In this role, Ipsen oversees Microsoft's work in providing innovative technology solutions and forward-thinking programs to help public sector organizations provide efficient and effective public services to their citizens and build the capacity of their populations.
 
Ipsen assumed her current position in February 2012. 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 and environmental challenges. Ipsen led the Connected Women's Advisory Group and was also the co-chair of Cisco's EcoBoard, which oversees Cisco's comprehensive sustainability strategy and guides its efforts to use information technology in addressing environmental concerns and climate change.
 
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 in support of broadband and IP-based technologies.
 
Ipsen began her career in international trade and government affairs for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington, D.C. She also held positions at Acer and Hitachi Data Systems. Ipsen currently serves on the board of Monsanto. She is the past chair of the board of the Information Technology Industry Council and has 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 University of Virginia and studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and three children. She enjoys art, running, politics and mentoring.