Microsoft Creates New Position to Focus on Needs of Energy Industry

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 17, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Maris Mikulis has joined the company in the newly created role of energy industry manager. Mikulis will serve as Microsoft’s senior strategist for enterprise solutions for the energy industry. Her hiring emphasizes Microsoft’s commitment to building expertise and delivering technology and solutions focused on the needs of energy industry customers.

“We’re pleased to add Maris to our team,”
said Charles Johnson, general manager for manufacturing at Microsoft.
“Her extensive experience and knowledge in the oil and gas field will help Microsoft reach a new level in understanding the needs of its energy industry customers.”

Mikulis has more than 20 years of diverse experience in the oil and gas industry. Most recently, Mikulis was the chief marketing officer for, a provider of asset management services to the oil and gas industry. Before that, she was marketing manager, North and South America, for Petroleum Geo-Services. She also held management positions at Petrochemical Open Software Corp. and Digital Equipment Corp. Mikulis began her energy career with The Superior Oil Company in Lafayette,


In her new position with Microsoft, Mikulis will be based in Houston, guiding a virtual team of technical evangelists, independent software vendor partners, industry marketing managers, enterprise customer representatives and representatives from Microsoft®
Consulting Services.

Mikulis graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and geology from Tufts University and has completed executive coursework at Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University in Houston.

Microsoft has formed dedicated industry teams comprising sales, services, support, partner engagement and marketing experts who share a common goal to work with industry partners to better understand customers’ business challenges and opportunities, and provide enterprise solutions that address their unique business and market dynamics. The Microsoft teams target 12 key vertical industry segments: automotive manufacturing, high-tech manufacturing, education, the federal government, state and local governments, financial services, healthcare, media and entertainment, energy/oil and gas, professional services, retail, and telecommunications. The energy/oil and gas team is managed out of Houston in order to have senior members of the team in proximity to the majority of their customers.

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