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Christopher Young

Christopher Young

Executive Vice President, Business Development, Strategy and Ventures

Christopher Young is executive vice president of business development, strategy and ventures at Microsoft. He is responsible for driving growth across the company by establishing strategic partnerships, setting corporate strategy and identifying high impact investments through Microsoft’s corporate venture arm.

Young is the former CEO of McAfee, LLC (2014-2020). In 2017 he led the initiative to spin McAfee out of Intel to become a standalone company. Under his leadership, McAfee grew to protect mission-critical systems and data for more than two-thirds of the Global 2000 and more than 500 million consumers.

Earlier in his career, Young led cybersecurity efforts at Cisco, RSA and AOL. He also led end user computing at VMware and cofounded the company Cyveillance.

Young currently serves on the board of directors for American Express and as a member of the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee for the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. He was formerly a board member of Snap Inc., cybersecurity data analytics firm Rapid7 and the Cyber Threat Alliance, and has served on the board of trustees of Princeton University.

Young holds an A.B. degree cum laude from Princeton University, and an M.B.A. degree with distinction from the Harvard Business School. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters.


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