Microsoft Announces New U.S. Distribution and Services GM Fred Bentfeld

REDMOND, Wash. — June 8, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Fred Bentfeld has joined the company as general manager of its U.S. Distribution and Services Group, which encompasses Microsoft’s retail, hospitality, consumer goods and professional services verticals.

With a more than 30-year track record of serving enterprise customers, Bentfeld will lead strategy, sales, partnering, marketing, technical strategists and solution specialists across the group. In this role, he will report to Vice President of U.S. Commercial Sector Industries John Fikany.

“Fred is a proven leader with solid expertise in the issues facing distribution and services customers today,” Fikany said. “We look forward to tapping his extensive partnering, sales and leadership experience to continue to drive momentum in delivering Microsoft-based, industry-relevant solutions for our customers.”

Bentfeld most recently served as managing partner at Integrys Holdings LLC, where he led business development and growth for a number of Integrys enterprises. Before joining Integrys, Bentfeld was vice president of sales at IBM Corp., where he led industry solution sales and earned numerous accolades. Before that, Bentfeld held additional senior leadership and retail and distribution industry sales roles throughout his career at IBM.

Bentfeld is a member of several community and nonprofit advisory boards in South Carolina, where he is based. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University.

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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