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From April 2015 until January 2021, Kurt DelBene was Microsoft’s executive vice president of Corporate Strategy, Core Services Engineering and Operations, leading the company’s cross-engineering and cross-business strategy, execution and planning initiatives. In January 2021, DelBene announced his plan to retire from Microsoft at the end of the fiscal year.
DelBene, previously with Microsoft as president of the Office Division, rejoined Microsoft in April 2015 after helping President Obama make improvements to Healthcare.gov, the enrollment website for the Affordable Care Act, and after being a venture partner with Madrona Venture Group.
From December 2013 to July 2014, in his work on Healthcare.gov as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, DelBene helped assess and implement the path through the first Open Enrollment period, including troubleshooting issues encountered along the way, and setting the project up for long-term success. He was also the liaison to White House and Health and Human Services senior leadership.
As president of the Microsoft Office Division from 2010-2013, DelBene was responsible for driving Microsoft’s global productivity strategy for information workers. DelBene oversaw the engineering and marketing functions for a wide range of productivity products and services, including Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project and Visio.
Previously, he served as the senior vice president for the Microsoft Business Division, responsible for the development of client and server software that collectively delivers to organizations and individuals a holistic productivity experience, including authoring, collaboration, communications, information sharing and project management. In this role, he oversaw development teams in the Office engineering organization including Office desktop applications, Office Web Applications, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office Communications Server and Office Labs.
DelBene joined Microsoft in 1992 and has served in several roles in Microsoft’s product development teams. He served as vice president of Authoring and Collaboration Services, responsible for the development of Office’s document and Web-page authoring and collaboration products. He also served as the general manager of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft’s messaging and personal-information-management application. He has also served as group program manager for Microsoft Exchange, responsible for the Microsoft Exchange client and Schedule+, and group manager in Microsoft’s Systems Division, responsible for fax and embedded systems software.
Prior to joining Microsoft, DelBene was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, focusing on business strategy for technology companies. He has also worked as a software developer and systems engineer for AT&T Bell Laboratories, working in graphics and imaging software and network switching systems.
DelBene holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, a Master of Science degree from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona.