Microsoft Announces New Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Services

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 28, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Maria Martinez has been named corporate vice president of Worldwide Services, effective Jan. 5, 2007. Martinez will continue in her role as corporate vice president of the Communications Sector at Microsoft through the remainder of the calendar year. Martinez will work with Rick Devenuti, who recently announced his plans to retire from his role as senior vice president of Worldwide Services, as she transitions into her new role.

“Maria brings a strong track record to the services business of driving impressive results for the company,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer of Microsoft. “I have great confidence in her leadership and the team’s ability to continue our success in building our worldwide services business while successfully upholding our commitments to the partner channel.”

Martinez comes to the Microsoft® Worldwide Services organization from her current role as the corporate vice president of the Communications Sector. Microsoft’s Communications Sector works with service and content providers around the globe, addressing the specific needs of wireline and wireless telecommunications companies, cable operators, hosting service providers, and media and entertainment organizations. 

Before joining Microsoft, Martinez served as CEO of a startup software vendor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before that, Martinez was a vice president at Motorola Inc.

Martinez has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, and a master’s degree in computer engineering from Ohio State University. Following college, Martinez worked for the prestigious Bell Laboratories for 12 years, developing and patenting disk storage systems and leading development of UNIX systems for symmetric multiprocessing and high availability.

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