As Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Microsoft’s worldwide sales, marketing, and services organization. Turner leads a global organization of over 38,000 employees, including field sales and marketing professionals who delivered over US$51 billion in revenue during fiscal 2007. In addition to driving sales and marketing programs, Turner manages corporate support organizations, including product and customer support services, branding, advertising, public relations, marketing research, relationship marketing and Turner also oversees corporate operations and internal Information Technology that support the work of Microsoft’s over 70,000 employees around the world.
Along with Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and five other senior executives, Turner serves on the Senior Leadership Team that sets the overall strategy and direction for Microsoft.
Prior to Microsoft, Turner worked nearly 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where he started as a cashier while going to college. Upon graduating from college, he held various leadership positions within Wal-Mart, including most recently as president and chief executive officer of SAM’S CLUB, with over 46 million members and over $37.1 billion USD in annual sales. Before this role, Turner worked 13 years in the IT department, where achieved the level of executive vice president and chief information officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in which he oversaw all information systems and IT operations for the company worldwide.
In 1995 at the age of 29, Turner became the youngest corporate officer ever named at Wal-Mart and in 1997, while having worldwide responsibility for all Application Development and Support at Wal-Mart, Turner became the recipient of the first “Sam M. Walton – Entrepreneur Of The Year” Award, which is the highest honor given at Wal-Mart and is voted on the Walton Family.
Turner has also received various selected honors including; TIME Magazine — People To Watch In International Business, FORTUNE Magazine — #4 Top 10 Most Influential on 40 Under 40, Business 2.0 — The 20 Young Exec’s You Need To Know, 20/20 Vision Award, CIO 100 Award, and in 2007, he was named to the CIO Hall Of Fame by CIO Magazine.
Turner graduated in 1987 from East Central University in Ada, Okla., with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management where he was also the Distinguished Alumnus in 2003. Turner lives in Hunts Point, Wash., with his wife and three children.