Microsoft Adds Valley Veteran to .NET Leadership Team

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 30, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Dan’l Lewin has joined the company as vice president of .NET business development. Lewin, a 25-year Silicon Valley veteran, will be responsible for managing and expanding strategic business relationships in Silicon Valley around Microsoft’s Next Generation Internet platform, Microsoft® .NET. Lewin is based at Microsoft’s Mountain View, Calif., campus.

Lewin most recently was CEO of Aurigin Systems, an enterprise software company focused on intellectual property asset management. He also spent 18 years as an executive leading sales and marketing divisions for companies including Apple, NeXT and GO. In addition, Lewin has served as a consultant for emerging companies and joint start-up enterprises such as Kaleida and Taligent, and has worked with venture capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Softbank Services Group.

“Dan’l is an amazing addition to our team,”
said Sanjay Parthasarathy, vice president for developer strategy and business development at Microsoft.
“We are delighted that he will take the lead on working with the Silicon Valley community, including industry partners and developers, to help them leverage the .NET vision and technology. I look forward to working with him closely to increase Microsoft’s strategic relationships in the Valley.”

“I am very pleased to be joining Microsoft,”
Lewin said.
“Our industry is entering an exciting time as we transition to the next phase of the Internet. Microsoft’s .NET vision offers a breadth of new business opportunities for the Silicon Valley community, and I’m thrilled to work with the great people that make up the .NET team to develop and expand business relationships in the Valley.”

During Lewin’s tenure at Apple, he developed and executed the company’s strategy and programs to enter the higher-education market for the Macintosh division, eventually serving as director of all education sales and marketing for the company. He then became a founding vice president at NeXT, leading worldwide sales and marketing. While at GO, Lewin led worldwide sales and marketing, drove an award-winning developers launch, international operations, OEM licensing and VAR channel efforts. At Aurigin he expanded the company from a concept to a system implemented at more than 60 Fortune 500 companies.

In June of last year, Microsoft announced its .NET strategy to enable every developer, business and consumer to benefit from the powerful combination of myriad new Internet devices and programmable Web services that characterize the Next Generation Internet. Microsoft .NET will offer significant opportunities for developers and partners because it delivers an entirely new set of development tools designed for the Web, which allow developers to automate the development of rich services and make them available on any platform that understands XML.

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