Microsoft Corp. Names Stephen Forshaw as New Corporate Communications Director for Asia Pacific Region

SINGAPORE—March 19, 2009—Microsoft Corp. announced today that Stephen Forshaw will join Microsoft Asia Pacific Region as Corporate Communications Director. In this role, Forshaw will lead the company’s external outreach efforts— including media relations, public affairs and employee communications—across the region’s fifteen markets. Forshaw will begin his new role in late April, 2009.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Stephen to our team during this time of dynamic opportunity in the Asia Pacific market,” said Emilio Umeoka, President of Microsoft Asia Pacific. “His deep understanding of the region and proven track record for discipline excellence make him ideally suited for this role.”

Since 2004, Forshaw has led the global public affairs function for Singapore Airlines, acting as the Airline’s primary spokesperson and orchestrating communications for a number of major events, including the launch of the Airbus A380 in late 2007.

“It has been a privilege for me to lead the communications team at Singapore Airlines,” said Forshaw. “Moving from one of the world’s innovators in aviation to the leading innovator in technology is a most exciting step for me personally.  I’m delighted by the prospect of helping the millions of people in the Asia Pacific region who depend on Microsoft’s products get to know the company better—particularly as the corporation rolls out a slate of exciting new technologies.  I am also very pleased to join Microsoft in Singapore, which has been my home for nearly five years.”

Prior to his time at Singapore Airlines, Forshaw was a senior ministerial adviser with the Government of the Australian Capital Territory Canberra. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of New England in Armidale, Australia.

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