Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft
Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.
Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.
Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.
Originally from Hyderabad, India, Nadella lives in Bellevue, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He is married and has three children.
Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft
As Microsoft’s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner leads the company’s worldwide sales, field marketing, and services organization. He also manages support and partner channels, Microsoft stores, and corporate support functions including information technology, licensing and pricing, and operations. His organization of over 51,000 employees in more than 190 countries is responsible for delivering Microsoft’s family of products and services to customers and partners around the world to help them achieve more.
In his 10 years as chief operating officer, Turner has driven a strong track record of results, execution excellence and improved efficiency, while also driving customer satisfaction scores to the highest in company history. Microsoft ended fiscal year 2015 with 8 percent growth and $93.6 billion in revenue through his leadership on the company’s transformation.
Prior to his role at Microsoft, Turner spent nearly 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores, where he rose through the ranks and was the youngest corporate officer ever at age 29. He held various leadership positions at Wal-Mart, including chief information officer for Wal-Mart Stores and president and chief executive officer of SAM’S CLUB, a $37 billion division of Wal-Mart Stores.
Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft
As head of the Worldwide Partner Group, Phil Sorgen is responsible for setting the channel strategy for a broad network of diverse partner companies worldwide, a channel that drives just over 90 percent of Microsoft’s annual revenue. Phil’s team is responsible for activating partners on Microsoft on-premises and cloud offerings at scale, with particular emphasis on helping partners transition their business models to meet the needs of our customers in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.
Phil has oversight of partner capacity management, sales and technical readiness, partner incentives and digital engagement. Internally, Phil is focused on ensuring Microsoft’s go-to-market decisions are made with a partner-led approach, one that emphasizes our partners’ opportunity to build a more profitable business with Microsoft.
Sorgen has a BA and MBA from the University of North Texas.
Creator of the Future File™ legacy planning system, billion-dollar dealmaker, media personality and bestselling author of The Entrepreneur Equation.
Carol Roth is the creator of the Future File™ legacy planning system, “recovering” investment banker/billion-dollar dealmaker, investor, national media personality and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She is an on air contributor to CNBC and a judge on Mark Burnett and Intel’s technology competition series, America’s Greatest Makers, airing on TBS.
Roth is also an advisor to companies ranging from startups to major multi-national corporations and a former public company director. A noted small business and entrepreneurship advocate, Roth has also been named one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers in the nation every year from 2011 to 2015.
Roth counts among her “accomplishments” having an action figure made in her own likeness, getting a standing ovation from Richard Branson and having the NFL follow her on Twitter.
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector
As corporate vice president of Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft, Toni Townes-Whitley is responsible for leading a team of over 2,000 sales professionals serving government, public safety, education, and non-privatized healthcare customers and partners in more than 100 countries worldwide.
From enabling and transforming smart cities of the future, to helping government officials take advantage of technologies to deliver higher quality citizen services at lower cost, to aiding scientists in developing new treatments for improving patient care, to providing school administrators with a more holistic picture of the factors that influence dropout rates, Townes-Whitley is passionate about creating positive societal and global impact. By aligning Microsoft public sector programs and organizational priorities with the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Townes-Whitley drives advancement and change in keeping with Microsoft's new mission, "empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more."
She sits on the board of directors for United Way, the Women’s Center of Northern Virginia, and Leadership Foundry—an organization that prepares women to serve on corporate boards. She also continues to support the US Peace Corps and is a former volunteer who served three years as a village teacher in Central Africa.
Townes-Whitley and her husband have five children and two grandchildren. In her free time, Townes-Whitley enjoys writing and is finishing her first screenplay.
Vice President, Worldwide SMB Sales, Microsoft
As Vice President, David Smith is focused on working with the Small and Medium Business (SMB) partner ecosystem. In this capacity, he is responsible for a global team of sales, marketing and partner management professionals to ensure Microsoft’s ecosystem of partners delivers technology-based, high value experiences meeting the unique needs of over 100 million SMB’s across the world.
Since joining Microsoft in 1998, David has engaged with partners as well as strategic ISVs to develop scalable, agile, real-time, and secure solutions that allow companies of all sizes to realize their full potential.
Prior to Microsoft, David worked at Digital Insight (Internet Home Banking vendor acquired by Intuit) and at Morgan Stanley. David completed his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. David is married with four children.
At WPC 2016, he will be co-presenting with Ogua Atuanya in the Distributor General Session.
CEO of Boom Social
Kim is the best-selling author of Will The Real You Please Stand Up; Show, Up, Be Authentic and Prosper in Social Media. She is also the CEO of Boom Social, a social selling training and consulting agency that helps businesses of all sizes leverage social and digital marketing strategies to increase their traffic, leads and sales.
She is internationally recognized as a thought leader in the social media space. Forbes named her as one of the Top 10 Social Media Power Influencers and she regularly contributes to Entrepreneur.com and Huffington Post. Her blog kimgarst.com is one of the top social media resources in the world.
Kim lives in Tampa, FL with her husband and her fur baby.
CEO, Technology Services Industry Association
J.B. Wood is president and CEO of the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA). He is a frequent speaker and author of the best-selling books B4B (2013), Consumption Economics (2011) and Complexity Avalanche (2009). He has appeared in Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other leading publications.
Through TSIA, Wood works with the world’s largest tech companies on strategies to build profitable service and XaaS business models. He was formerly the CEO of Prognostics and executive vice president of InsightExpress. In his latest book is B4B: How Technology and Big Data Are Reinventing the Customer-Supplier Relationship, he envisions a next-generation tech industry where suppliers play an active, ongoing role in helping business customers achieve unparalleled value from their technology investments.
General Manager, Cloud Platform Product Management
Julia White leads product management of Microsoft’s Cloud Platform including Microsoft Azure, Enterprise Security and Mobility, Windows Server and System Center. In this function, Julia is responsible for the value proposition of the Cloud Platform, global go to market strategy, customer engagement and evangelism.
Julia joined Microsoft in 2001 as a product manager. In her tenure at Microsoft, Julia has held roles in Enterprise Server product management, the United States subsidiary channel sales, Exchange product marketing and most recently led Office 365 product management.
Prior to Microsoft, Julia worked at Intuit on the Quicken and Quickbooks products lines.
Julia holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with honors from Stanford University.
General Manager, Worldwide Health, Microsoft
Neil Jordan is the general manager of Health for Microsoft Worldwide. In this role, he acts as chief strategist for the organization’s Health industry initiatives worldwide, including defining and articulating the Microsoft vision for the future of Healthcare, and how Microsoft products, technologies and partner solutions will make it a reality.
Blending a deep background in healthcare-focused technology, Neil leads Microsoft’s collaboration with an ecosystem of partners around the world to provide solutions that meet the specific needs of customers working to deliver better health outcomes for more people. Since the establishment of the global team, he has driven consistent growth of this multi-billion dollar business.
Before assuming his current role, Neil was the head of Healthcare at Microsoft UK where he was responsible for managing strategic operations and senior customer and partner relationships. He led the NHS National Programme for IT, the largest ever civil IT procurement and the largest application delivery in Microsoft’s history, including managing close engagement with the UK government.
Currently residing in the Seattle-area, Neil is a former professional classical singer and continues to perform and teach. He also sits on the board of King FM, a Seattle-based classical radio station. Neil is a frequent industry speaker and visiting lecturer at the Royal Society of Medicine, London and the Eastman School in New York. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts honors degree in archaeology and anthropology, and a Master of Arts in biological anthropology from Cambridge University.
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions
Neil Holloway has been Corporate Vice President, Sales & Partners for Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) since July 2012. In this role he reports to Rocky Blanton, CVP of the Enterprise and Partner Group, and is responsible for Sales operations worldwide for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP product suites; the development and health of the Microsoft Dynamics channel ecosystem and customer service programs; as well as ERP & CRM sales worldwide via Time Zone teams, field and integration with the broader Microsoft sales organizations.
During the prior 5 years as VP Business Strategy for Microsoft International, Holloway was a key strategic partner for the corporate business groups and segments, and field leadership, being at the forefront of some of the largest change initiatives the company has implemented, and better positioning the company to capture the opportunities in the transition to a world of cloud, services and devices.
Since joining Microsoft in 1990, Holloway has held a number of strategic roles in its UK subsidiary. He was appointed Managing Director of Microsoft Ltd. in July 1998 and subsequently was appointed Vice President of Microsoft EMEA in April 2000.
Holloway has an MPhil in Operational Research and Control Engineering from Cambridge University and a BSc Hon. in Mathematics from the University of Bath. In 2008, in recognition of his contribution to international business, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Bath.
Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft
Anthony works to help empower educators and inspire students to achieve more across the globe. His dream is to transform the way we all learn, giving educators the freedom and flexibility to teach their students and helping students learn in a way that suits them and make learning more personal and productive.
Anthony helped launch Microsoft’s cornerstone education programs while working as the general manager of education in the United States. He was also at the center of Microsoft’s involvement in the creation of the School of the Future – a pioneering partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and now the first of many Microsoft Showcase Schools around the world.
He is involved with a variety of outreach projects; has served on the board of directors for Stevens Institute of Technology WebCampus, and currently serves on the boards of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Junior Achievement of Washington, the European Foundation for Management Development, the National Community Education Association and Western Governors University.
With a belief that educators will forever be the heroes of the classroom, Anthony authors Daily Edventures, which highlights the inspiring stories of educators, students, education thought leaders and school leaders from around the world. He regularly tweets at @AnthonySalcito