David Willis: A new beginning after 28 amazing years at Microsoft

Leaving Microsoft after 28 years wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s the right time for me and my family.

Microsoft has truly become my second family and I have countless positive memories over the years. My journey began in 1992 when I was hired as an account manager in the Microsoft Canada subsidiary in Toronto. At the time, I never would have predicted that I would move my family four times across two countries, and lead high growth, multibillion-dollar businesses.

I have had the humbling privilege of working with many outstanding co-workers, partners, and customers over the years and have benefited greatly from their knowledge, experience, and support. I want to send a special thank you to the Microsoft partner ecosystem for your ongoing loyalty. Partners are an integral part of our core business model at Microsoft, and it’s been great to see how our partners have transformed along with us to deliver high-value cloud-based solutions for our mutual customers.

I am extremely proud that I spent most of my career with Microsoft, an outstanding company whose mission to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more” will continue to have positive impact across the globe.

Personally, I’ve always lived life with a “work hard, play hard” mentality, and I’ll be shifting my balance from less work to more play, as I spend much more of my time on passions that include snowboarding, playing hockey, my guitars, spending more quality time with family & friends, and eventually some fun travel experiences once COVID-19 eases up. I’m also looking forward to participating in more volunteer opportunities and giving back to the community. I thank Microsoft for making it possible for me to be in this position.

As I look ahead to 2021, I’m confident Microsoft partners will continue to make MORE possible! Thank you, partners, for your continued commitment and support to Microsoft, and thank you, Microsoft, for an unforgettable 28 years.

I will be staying on through January to support the transition to my successor once announced, so in the meantime, it’s business as usual!