Microsoft Creates New Position to Oversee Education Initiatives

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 14, 2008 — In its quest to make quality education available to everyone, Microsoft Corp. welcomes L. Michael Golden as corporate vice president of the Education Products Group, a newly created position that is to play a global role within Microsoft.

L. Michael Golden, Corporate Vice President, Education Products Group

Hiring Golden highlights the company’s commitment to delivering technology that can help scale and support quality education experiences for all and enable students and educators to achieve their fullest potential. Golden will be responsible for leading Microsoft’s education vision and strategy execution, driving education product development, business development and go-to-market efforts.

Golden brings a wealth of education expertise to Microsoft, including several years of experience in senior education administration as deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Information and Educational Technology. Most recently, Golden was senior vice president of marketing and strategic planning at Pearson School, a global leader in educational publishing, assessment, information and services.

His broad industry experience and insight into education will be incredibly beneficial as he leads the Education Products Group, a cross-company global team focused on delivering the next generation of technology solutions and products that will help enable global education transformation and empower students of today with 21st century skills. By creating a corporate vice president role to specifically oversee this work, Microsoft is dedicating additional resources to deliver on its global vision for technology in education around the world.

In his new role, Golden will report to Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president, Microsoft Unlimited Potential Group and Education Product Group, Technology Policy and Strategy.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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