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Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Microsoft

Amy leads Microsoft’s worldwide finance organization, including acquisitions, treasury activities, tax planning, accounting and reporting, and investor relations. She has been instrumental in leading the strategic transition to cloud services like Office 365 and the acquisitions of Skype and Yammer.

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President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

Responsible for Microsoft’s corporate, external, and legal affairs, Brad leads a team of more than 1,300 professionals working in 55 countries. His team’s work in intellectual property, cybersecurity and piracy has established the legal foundations for cloud computing.

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Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Microsoft

Bret is responsible for information security and risk management, and the company’s security incidence response strategy. He leads a global team of security professionals focused on protecting the company’s assets through programs that span education and awareness, governance, identity and access management, enterprise business continuity management, and security assessments.

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Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Microsoft

Chris leads Microsoft’s global product marketing, advertising, brand, research, and communications functions for businesses and consumers. His leadership helps position Microsoft as a mobile first, cloud first brand, telling the innovation stories of our people and products.

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Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft

Chris leads the Commercial Growth organization and plays a key role in driving growth with business customers across four solution areas: Modern Workplace, Business Applications, Apps & Infrastructure, and Data & AI. His group drives strategy across sales, technical sales, and digital sales for global accounts, enterprises, corporate accounts, and small to medium-sized businesses. Chris also leads sales specialist, cybersecurity, Surface commercial sales, and software asset management/compliance

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Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft

Judson leads Microsoft’s commercial business strategy, including enterprise, public sector, small and mid-market, services, developer and partner. His organization helps commercial customers and partners digitally transform and transition to the cloud to realize greater business value through technology.

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Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Microsoft

Kathleen empowers over 100,000 global employees to achieve Microsoft’s mission by creating a culture that attracts the world’s most passionate talent. Customer obsessed and motivated by how technology changes the world, Kathleen pushes the company’s diversity and inclusion initiative to ensure Microsoft remains a workplace leader.

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Founder, Author, and Digital Strategist

Laura Olin is a digital strategist who works with campaigns, companies, and causes making meaningful change. She ran the social media strategy for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and helped set the editorial voice for the campaign’s digital communications as the first member of its digital team.

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Executive Vice President, Business Development

Peggy is responsible for driving strategic partnerships and transactions to accelerate growth for Microsoft and its customers. She works with external partners around the world, ranging from start-ups to large-scale enterprises, to identify areas of collaboration, drive innovation and unlock shared value. Peggy also manages Microsoft’s relationship with the venture capital community and oversees strategic investments through the company’s corporate venture fund, Microsoft Ventures.

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Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft

As corporate vice president for the One Commercial Partner business, Ron leads the Microsoft partner business strategy, across partner teams. His organization is responsible for leading the initiatives and programs that enable partners to build profitable businesses and deliver solutions that empower customers to digitally transform their companies to realize greater business value through the use of technology.

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Sir Ken

Acclaimed Expert on Creativity and Innovation
Author, Finding your Element, The Element, Out of Our Minds

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his TED Conference talks are the most viewed in the history of the organization, seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.

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Toni Townes-

Corporate Vice President, Industry, Microsoft

Toni leads company strategy for driving digital transformation across public sector and commercial industry customers and partners in support of our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Her organization is responsible for defining industry-specific needs with engineering teams, defining industry solution selling go-to-market, and helping cultivate a thriving ecosystem for partner-led industry solutions globally.


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