Portrait of Sandy Blyth

Sandy Blyth

Global Managing Director, MSR Outreach


Sandy Blyth is the global managing director of Microsoft Research’s Outreach.

In this role, Sandy drives strategy and execution for Microsoft Research’s engagement with the external research community. Outreach amplifies the impact of research at Microsoft by generating awareness of and interest in our world-class research, creating and supporting collaboration opportunities between Microsoft and external researchers, investing resources in high-potential and high-impact research projects on behalf of the company, and helping to attract and develop great diverse research talent.

Sandy began his career at Microsoft in 2003 in the M&A organization, responsible for due diligence, planning, and leadership of acquisitions, joint-ventures, and divestitures for Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft’s research efforts, in addition to working in M&A he ran the worldwide sales excellence function for the Communications Sector, and was on the leadership team of the Worldwide Enterprise and Partner Group (WW EPG). Before joining Microsoft, Sandy held a number of senior positions in the technology industry, including at IBM, AT&T, and Cambridge Technology Partners.

Sandy received his B.A. in Political Science with honors from the University of Washington. He lives in Sammamish with his wife and two daughters.