Microsoft today announced that Cindy Rose, currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft UK since July 2016, will become President of Microsoft Western Europe starting October 1st, 2020. Rose succeeds Vahé Torossian, who has led the company’s business across Western Europe since 2017, and who is moving to lead Microsoft’s Business Applications Division at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Torossian’s appointment is also effective from October 1st.
Rose will be responsible for all of Microsoft’s commercial product, service and support offerings across Western Europe, an area that comprises 12 subsidiaries and 14 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Commenting on Rose’s appointment, Ralph Haupter, President EMEA at Microsoft said: “Cindy’s success in leading our UK business over the last four years is built on her laser focus on doing the right thing for our customers, bringing the best of Microsoft together to meet their needs and fostering an inclusive and healthy culture. She has led the UK business to new heights and I look forward to her bringing these qualities to her new role.”
“I am also delighted at the appointment of Vahé Torossian, who will return to the U.S. to lead Microsoft’s Business Applications division on a global basis. Vahé has had great success in leading and accelerating our business in Western Europe, driving tremendous value for our customers and partners across the region. He leaves behind an incredibly strong team in place to carry on his legacy.”
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Microsoft Western Europe and to build on the success of Vahé and his fantastic team,” said Rose. “The opportunity to build trust and deliver business transformation with our customers and partners in the region is immense, and I’m excited to get started.”
Succeeding Rose in the UK is Clare Barclay, currently Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft UK. Barclay, who has worked at Microsoft for 22 years, will become Microsoft UK’s Chief Executive Officer on October 1st 2020.
Vahé Torossian commented on the news: “I’d like to congratulate Cindy and Clare on their appointments to these important leadership roles in Europe and in particular, wish Cindy much success as she takes over the wonderfully diverse and dynamic business that is Western Europe. I’m looking forward to the opportunity and challenge of taking the leadership of our Business Applications globally and to continue to work closely with both Cindy and Clare in their new roles to ensure that we are delivering value through our entire Business Applications portfolio to our customers and partners in the regions.”