Microsoft Hires Ken DiPietro as Corporate Vice President of Human Resources

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 9, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Ken DiPietro is joining the company as corporate vice president of human resources.

DiPietro will join Microsoft in January and brings more than 20 years of experience in both human resources and organizational development for consumer products and technology companies, including Dell Computer Corp. and PepsiCo Inc. He will report directly to Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer, and work with him to further develop strategies and programs that enhance the company’s recruiting, compensation, benefits, management development, diversity and workplace culture in the United States and around the world.

“Ken DiPietro is a demonstrated leader in aligning human resources with business strategy. He brings to Microsoft both broad strategic understanding and global HR expertise,”
Ballmer said.
“I am excited to have someone with Ken’s depth of experience in leadership and organizational development, staffing and training join our team.”

DiPietro said he is looking forward to joining Microsoft and continuing to advance the strategic role human resources plays in the company’s business strategy and in becoming an industry leader in diversity.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to help my new colleagues at Microsoft continue to grow and succeed professionally. The talent and human capability at Microsoft is universally respected. To be given the opportunity to play a lead role in how we make that talent even more distinctive is a gift.”

Most recently, DiPietro was vice president of human resources for the Americas at Dell, where he led efforts to more closely align the company’s HR organization with its business goals. He helped transform Dell’s approach to leadership development and talent management. Before joining Dell, DiPietro was senior vice president of human resources at Pepsi-Cola International, where he was responsible for people systems of the organization spanning more than 160 countries across 10 business units.

Current Senior Vice President of Human Resources Deborah Willingham, whose retirement was announced in November, will work closely with DiPietro through February to ensure a smooth transition.

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