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As executive vice president and president, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, Jean-Philippe Courtois leads global sales, marketing and services for 122 subsidiaries worldwide, driving strategic planning, running global operations and shaping growth initiatives both in developed and emerging markets. He has spent time with customers, partners and Microsoft employees in countries across the globe providing a rich perspective on what it takes to drive customer and partner success.
Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Having spent more than 30 years with the company Courtois has witnessed its evolution first hand, giving him a unique view on how the company’s innovative technologies and strategic partnerships are transforming education, fostering local innovation, and supporting social and economic development internationally.
Courtois is a strong advocate for encouraging greater inclusion and empowerment of people who do not have access to technology and the opportunities it offers and enables. In particular, he is passionate about creating more opportunities for youth in education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
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 was CEO and President of Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), where he led business planning and sales, marketing and services. His many notable accomplishments include significant improvements in customer satisfaction, digital national agendas, enhanced regional integration and record sales growth. Prior to his role in 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 as a Channel Sales Representative and, after holding several leadership positions, was promoted to General Manager for Microsoft France in 1994.
Outside of Microsoft, Courtois serves on the board of directors for AstraZeneca, and is also a board member of Positive Planet, a worldwide leading NGO, with a mission is 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 and on the European Commission Information and Communication Technology task force. More recently, he co-founded the Foundation “Live for Good”, which aims to help underprivileged young social entrepreneurs realize their potential.
In 2009, he also served as an EU Ambassador for the Year of Creativity and Innovation, and in 2011 he was named one of “Tech’s Top 25” by The Wall Street Journal Europe.
A French national, Courtois obtained his Diplôme des Etudes Commerciales Supérieures (DECS) from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Nice (Skema).