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As executive vice president and president, Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, Jean-Philippe Courtois leads Microsoft’s commercial business across 124 subsidiaries worldwide. From cloud services to mixed reality and AI, Courtois is responsible for driving strategic planning, running global operations and shaping growth initiatives in developed and emerging markets. Courtois is passionate about helping businesses digitally transform with the right strategy, support and technology to unlock new ways of working, new business models and new revenue streams. With customers and employees expecting more, Courtois advocates the strategic implementation of intelligent cloud services to maintain competitive edge.
Previously, Courtois served as president of Microsoft International where he led sales, marketing and services across all Microsoft subsidiaries outside of the United States and Canada. Before that he held the same role for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) as CEO and president of Microsoft EMEA, and outside of EMEA, Courtois was corporate vice president of Worldwide Customer Marketing, based out of Microsoft’s worldwide headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
Courtois joined Microsoft in 1984. His first role was as a channel sales representative and, after holding several leadership positions, he was promoted to general manager for Microsoft France in 1994.
Courtois holds a Diplôme des Etudes Commerciales Supérieures (DECS) from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Nice (SKEMA). Outside of Microsoft, Courtois is chairman of the board of directors for SKEMA Business School, as well as a board member of Positive Planet, a worldwide leading NGO with a mission to help men and women across the world create the conditions for a better life for future generations. He has served as co-chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Digital Divide Initiative Task Force, on the European Commission Information and Communication Technology task force and previously sat on the board of directors for AstraZeneca. More recently, he co-founded the foundation “Live for Good,” which aims to help underprivileged young social entrepreneurs realize their potential.