Microsoft Corporation Appoints Mauricio Santillan As New Vice President for Intercontinental Region

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 30, 2000 — Today Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq MSFT) announced the appointment of Mauricio Santill
á
n as the new Vice President for the Intercontinental region. In addition to Latin America, his areas of responsibility will include Canada, Australia and New Zealand. During the last five years was Vice President for Latin America, Mr. Santill
á
n obtaining excellent results that have turned it into one of the regions with the greatest growth rate worldwide for Microsoft.


This appointment acknowledges Mauricio Santill
án’s outstanding track record for leadership and business vision throughout his career at Microsoft,”
said Orlando Ayala, Group Vice President of the Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Services at Microsoft Corporation.
“Under this new structure and Mauricio’s expertise and focus, I am sure that we’ll meet the goals we’ve set for the next few years and that we’ll continue consolidating our strategic position in the region.”

This new composition will allow a better organization and supervision of Microsoft’s operations and it will create a positive synergy that will make it possible to share knowledge and best practices within the South Pacific region (Australia and New Zealand), Canada and Latin America, the latter including Brazil and the Caribbean.

“I appreciate the support from both Microsoft and Orlando Ayala to give me the opportunity of leading and supervising this important region. I’m certain that with the new structure we’ll take full advantage of the area’s enormous business potential”
said Mauricio Santill
á
n.
“I also want to acknowledge the outstanding work and cooperation of the entire team that has helped me during the last years to make Microsoft play such a strategic role in Latin America. Together, we will continue striving to consolidate Microsoft as an industry leader in this region.”

Mauricio Santill
á
n, 40, joined Microsoft in 1987 as a software engineer. He held the positions of Systems and Technology Manager and Corporate Account Manager at Microsoft Mexico, as well as General Manager at Microsoft Ecuador. Before attaining the vice-presidency for Latin America, he was General Manager of Microsoft Colombia. He has a degree in electrical engineering specializing in digital systems and computer science from the Universidad Metropolitana de M
é
xico.

Under Santill
á
n’s leadership Latin America has growth at an average annual rate of 30% for the last years, making it one of the regions with the biggest growth rate worldwide for Microsoft.

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