Microsoft Names New Leadership for MSN Global Sales & Marketing and for Microsoft Japan

REDMOND, Wash., April 20, 2005 — Microsoft Corporation announced today that Michael Rawding, President and CEO of Microsoft Japan, has been appointed Corporate Vice President of MSN Global Sales and Marketing, based in Redmond, and will be succeeded at Microsoft Japan by Darren Huston, a Microsoft corporate vice president. Both appointments are effective with the start of Microsoft’s new fiscal year on July 1.

Rawding was regional director of Microsoft’s Greater China region from May 1998, then corporate vice president in charge of the Asia Pacific region from March 2001, then corporate vice president in charge of from February 2003, and president of Microsoft Japan from July 2003. He will lead global sales and marketing of MSN, one of Microsoft’s seven business groups. He will also oversee MSN Japan operations.

Darren Huston, the new President & CEO of Microsoft Japan, is currently Corporate Vice President of the U.S. Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners Group. Before Microsoft in 2003, Huston held positions with Starbucks Coffee Company, McKinsey & Company and the Canadian government.

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