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.
Vice President, Worldwide Hosting and Cloud Services, Microsoft
Aziz Benmalek is the Vice President of the Worldwide Hosting Service Providers (HSP) group in Microsoft. Hosting Service Providers works with a diverse partner ecosystem of over 29,000 Hosters, Service Providers, SaaS Providers/ISVs, Outsourcers and Telecommunication companies from around the world to deliver flexible cloud solutions to customers. As one of the fastest growing channels for IT delivery, the Hosting Service Providers organization is a strategic line of business chartered to land Microsoft’s cloud vision across platform and applications.
As Vice President of WW HSP, Benmalek oversees the strategy and go-to-market across sales, marketing, technical enablement and business development. Working across multiple businesses and product groups, Hosting Service Providers develops infrastructure and productivity solutions to drive Microsoft cloud platform adoption, deployment and consumption.
Prior to his current role, Benmalek was general manager of the US Hosting and Cloud Services business, working with nearly 6,000 US based partners. There, Benmalek developed a deep, end-to-end engagement model working with partners to jointly create the vision, strategy, business case, and go-to-market scenarios to maximize market opportunities. While leading the US business, Benmalek delivered double digit growth each year and scaled the business by hundreds of millions of dollars over several years.
Benmalek has over 24 years of global experience in the technology industry and has been with Microsoft for the last 18 years in various senior leadership positions. Prior to being general manager of US Hosting and Cloud Services, he led the WW Hosting business in the Communications Sector, and managed the Global Partner Group in the Enterprise and Partner segment, based in Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. Benmalek was also a Country General Manager in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, based in Dubai and Casablanca, and led the Small and Medium Business in Microsoft France.
Benmalek attended “Classe Preparatoire” in Lycee Louis-Le-Grand in Paris, holds an Engineering Degree from École Centrale Paris, and a MBA from the European School of Management (ESCP).
President and Founder, KLA Group
Named one of the Top 25 Influential Leaders in Sales, Top 10 Women in Sales Experts to Follow on Twitter and Faculty Chair in Prospecting and Lead Generation for the Sales Training Institute, Kendra Lee is president and founder of KLA Group, a world-class sales and marketing agency, and she is author of the award-winning books The Sales Magnet and Selling Against the Goal.
Ms. Lee, once a repeat IBM Golden Circle award winner, is a prospecting prodigy and virtual sales magnet who advises and trains small and mid-market companies to generate leads, prospect and sell in innovative ways that break through common sales and prospecting barriers.
President, Microsoft North America, Microsoft Corporation
As president of Microsoft North America, Althoff is responsible for Microsoft’s commercial and public sector customers and partners, and the consumer business in retail and through operator channels across the United States and Canada. Althoff leads strategic planning, business operations and key growth initiatives across the region. As a senior leader, he brings solid experience developing and leading successful direct and indirect businesses globally. Recognized for building organizations with a culture of excellence in execution his strengths include building relationships, communicating, innovating, and motivating organizations to produce results.
Althoff joined Microsoft in March 2013. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Alliances and Channels and Embedded Sales for Oracle. Before joining Oracle, Althoff was an Area Business Development Manager and District Sales Manager for EMC Corporation.
Althoff was named a Top Channel Leader or Executive by CRN magazine 2008-2012 and was named Channel Chief 2009-2012. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft
James Whittaker’s career spans academia, start-ups and top tech companies and starts in 1986 as the first computer science graduate hired by the FBI. James then worked as a freelance developer, most notably for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, Cisco and Microsoft, specializing in test automation. He joined the faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology where he continued his prolific publication record in software testing and security. In 2002, his security work was spun off by the university into a startup, which was later acquired by Raytheon.
James’ first stint at Microsoft was in Trustworthy Computing and Visual Studio. He then joined Google as an engineering director and led teams working on Chrome, Maps and Google+. In 2012, James rejoined Microsoft.
James is known for being a creative and passionate leader and sought after speaker and author. Of his five books, two have been Jolt Award finalists.
David Meerman Scott
Marketing & Sales Strategist, Freshspot Marketing
Our always-on, Web-driven world has new rules for competing and growing business. Advance planning is out – agile is in! Those who embrace new ways will be far more successful than those who stay who stay stuck and afraid to change. No one knows more about using the new Real-Time tools and strategies to spread ideas, influence minds and build business than David Meerman Scott. It’s his specialty.
He’s a sales and marketing strategist who has spoken on all seven continents and in 40 countries to audiences of the most respected firms, organizations and associations.
David is author of ten books, of which three are international bestsellers. He is best known for The New Rules of Marketing & PR, now in its 5th edition, which has been translated into 26 languages and is a modern business classic with over 350,000 copies sold so far. David also authored Real-Time Marketing & PR, a Wall Street Journal bestseller, Newsjacking and his newest hit The New Rules of Sales & Service. He is co-author of Marketing the Moon (with Rich Jurek) and Marketing Lessons from The Grateful Dead (with HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan).
VP and Gartner Fellow, Gartner
Hung LeHong is a VP and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research and a member of the CEO and Digital Business Leaders research group. He focuses on CEOs and other C-level executives to help them anticipate changes to business models and consumer trends caused by digital business. He helps executives understand what's coming in three years and beyond, so they can innovate today to improve their position or effectiveness in the future.
Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. LeHong was with Accenture, where he worked for eight years with retail, consumer products and telecommunications companies in Canada and the US. He has helped clients manage process and organizational challenges arising from large transformational initiatives in a number of functional areas. Previous to this, Mr. LeHong worked for General Electric in the Manufacturing Management Program.
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, Windows Commercial Marketing Group, Microsoft
Jeremy Korst is the general manager of Microsoft’s Windows Commercial group, responsible for the worldwide product marketing and sales of Windows to organizations.
Korst and his team were responsible for the launch of Windows 10, driving marketing, brand and sales of Windows in a goal to reach a billion people. His team partners with product engineering to help transform businesses through differentiated product offerings using competitive customer and market insights, through to the launch and sustainment through global sales and marketing campaigns.
Korst is a seasoned marketing professional with experience covering an array of disciplines. He spent five years at T-Mobile where he served as Vice President and General Manager of Marketing, including leading the company’s high-growth mobile broadband and emerging devices business. Prior to that, he was Microsoft’s Worldwide Marketing Lead for Enterprise services, and led Business Management for Microsoft Exchange Server. Jeremy has also held leadership positions in marketing, product management and finance at AT&T Wireless, Standard & Poor’s and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Korst also serves on several boards, including the Board of Trustees for the University of Puget Sound, the Executive Education Advisory Board of the Wharton School, and is on the Board of Advisors for Ultra Mobile, named as the fastest growing private company in 2015 by Inc. Magazine. He has served on Intel’s Communications Advisory Board, the IT Services Marketing Association Board of Directors, the CTIA workgroup on Emerging Devices, and as former Chair of the Seattle Metrocenter YMCA Board of Managers.
Korst received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania as a Palmer Scholar, and his BA from the University of Puget Sound.
General Manager, Marketing, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft
Barb Edson is general manager of marketing in the Cloud & Enterprise division at Microsoft, leading the Dynamics business applications, Internet of Things, Advanced Analytics and Industry teams. Previously Barb led the Data Platform marketing team covering the breadth of data management and business analytics solutions including the launch of SQL Server 2016 and Cortana Intelligence Suite.
Barb has been with Microsoft since 2005. She originally joined the company as the senior director of product marketing where she was responsible for the launch of Microsoft Dynamics, one of the company’s major brands. She later became the chief of staff for the Microsoft Business Division where she was responsible for overseeing its global administration and operations. She then led the Windows Embedded group, responsible for product management, business development, field marketing and enterprise sales. Under her leadership, the team launched a range of new solutions including the entry into the now established Internet of Things products and programs for enterprises and partners.
Before joining Microsoft, Barb spent more than 15 years in a broad range of senior leadership positions in marketing and product strategy for companies such as PeopleSoft Inc. and Great Plains Software.
Director, Partner Profitability and Compete, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft
As the Director of Partner Profitability and Compete within the Worldwide Partner Group (WPG), Brent Combest leads the team responsible for developing and socializing our story for how our partners build strong, sustainable businesses with Microsoft, the programs intended to inspire partners of our competitors channels to join the Microsoft Partner Network, the strategy behind the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program, as well as the community of Azure Business Development Managers (BDM) and Partner Technical Specialists around the world (PTS).
Prior to joining Microsoft, Brent spent six years in the channel working for ERP and CRM partners such as Resolute Corporation, ePartners, Inc. and Foreshock, Inc. His passion for helping partners grow their businesses in profitable and sustainable ways has inspired much of his work during his tenure.
With seventeen years of experience in the technology sector, Brent is a regular speaker at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and numerous other industry events. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn where he and his team regularly share insights and best practices from across the channel.