Microsoft Hires Maggie Wilderotter as Senior Vice President To Manage Business Strategy

Maggie Wilderotter

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 7, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Maggie Wilderotter, a recognized cable and telecommunications industry leader, is joining the company as senior vice president of business strategy.

Wilderotter will join Microsoft Nov. 26 and brings more than a decade of experience in leading partner and customer engagement, as well as public affairs efforts in the cable and telecommunications industry. She will report to Craig Mundie, chief technical officer for Advanced Strategies and Policy, working closely with him on strengthening customer and partner outreach in the government and education markets, as well as working across various business divisions on developing and coordinating forward-looking strategies.

“Maggie Wilderotter has the depth of experience to help take our business strategy to the next level and will provide the leadership to help Microsoft build stronger relationships in government and education markets,”
Mundie said.
“I am excited to have someone with Maggie’s talent and enthusiasm join my team; she will be a great addition.”

Wilderotter said she decided to join Microsoft to continue her professional experience with a company committed to expanding its resources in a way that enables stronger engagement with partners and a more solution-focused approach with customers.
“Through my previous experiences with Microsoft, I was impressed by the company’s desire to understand the unique drivers of our business,”
Wilderotter said.
“I look forward to the opportunity to get closer to customers’ business challenges and seek opportunities to help Microsoft provide solutions that address their unique market dynamics.”

Previously, Wilderotter was president and chief executive officer of Wink Communications Inc. where she led the company’s efforts to provide complete end-to-end systems for low-cost electronic commerce on television, giving advertisers, merchants, and broadcast and cable networks the ability to create interactive enhancements for traditional television advertisements and programs. Before joining Wink Communications, Wilderotter was executive vice president of national operations for AT & T Wireless Services Inc. and chief executive officer of AT & T’s Aviation Communications Division. Earlier in her career, she spent 12 years with U.S. Computer Services Inc./Cable Data as senior vice president and general manager responsible for driving greater customer focus for the engineering and technology company’s sales efforts. Recently, the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) honored her outstanding work in the industry, awarding her the association’s most prestigious award: the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. In 1999, she was awarded the first Outstanding Mentor Award by the Women in Cable & Telecommunications Foundation. She also received the Top 10 Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT) Award in 1989 for her support of the association and advocacy of women in the cable industry.

Wilderotter is a member of the board of directors for several companies including The McClatchy Co. and Airborne Express as well as a number of nonprofit organizations.

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