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Microsoft Business Solutions Leadership Announcement

Microsoft Business Solutions Leadership Announcement

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Please take note of a few important changes taking place within the MBS leadership team effective July 6, 2009 as announced by Kirill Tatarinov, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions.

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As highly valued members of the Microsoft Dynamics channel, I'd like to inform you of a few important changes taking place within the MBS leadership team effective July 6, 2009. 

Keeping our sales, marketing, R&D and operations groups tightly aligned to deliver maximum value to our customers and partners has been one of the top priorities for the business. We have made good progress delivering towards this priority in the last 18 months. Most significantly, we integrated our ERP R&D organizations under a single leader creating greater clarity in product positioning and execution on ERP strategy. We aligned closer CRM R&D and CRM Product Management organizations within MBS. We succeeded in recruiting strong talent into our marketing and partner organizations. It is now time for us to take the next step by creating an integrated sales, marketing and operations organization that can maximize effectiveness in delivering value to our customers and partners under a single leader. By integrating these teams we will improve our ability to effectively market and sell business applications and best serve your needs as Microsoft Dynamics partners.

I am very pleased to announce Michael Park as the new Corporate Vice President, MBS Sales, Marketing, and Operations reporting to me. A software industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, including senior vice president of product marketing at SAP and GM at Siebel Systems, Michael brings a great deal of executive insight and depth to this role and we are very fortunate to have him on board.  Michael joins us from the Microsoft North American Sales organization where he serves as the Corporate Vice President of US SMS&P. In this role he successfully leads a large team of sales, marketing, and partner management professionals responsible for serving over six million Microsoft’s business customers. Michael also brings with him extensive experience working with partners being responsible for Microsoft’s vast US-based partner community which includes Microsoft Dynamics. In this sense, Michael is no stranger to our business – many of you already know Michael and may have worked with him and his organization in different capacities. Prior to his current role, Michael spent a number of years as a Senior Vice President at SAP – where he drove several key initiatives and strategies including the market strategy for SAP’s service-enabled business applications. He has also held several leadership positions in customer relationship management (CRM) product marketing and sales management. Under his current leadership the US is among the largest and fastest growing markets for Microsoft Dynamics. He will be a huge asset to the business, and I am very excited about the value that he will add to Microsoft Dynamics partners. Maintaining and developing a world class partner channel remains a top priority for the business.

I would also like to announce that Klaus Holse Andersen will be moving to the Microsoft International organization as the new Area Corporate Vice President for Western Europe reporting to Jean-Philippe Courtois, President of the Microsoft International business. Klaus has been invaluable to the MBS organization. Under his leadership we were able to assemble our field presence into a dedicated organization that improved our ability to serve partners and outpace the competition. Klaus has always been passionate about pursuing excellence in the Microsoft field, and while he will be missed, I want to personally thank him for his contribution to the business and wish him best of luck in his new and exciting opportunity.

Michael and Klaus will complete FY09 in their current roles while transitioning to their new responsibilities to hit the ground running on July 6, 2009. With the right leadership in place, I feel confident that our strategy and execution are setup for success. I also want to reiterate our commitment to you. Effectively enabling Microsoft Dynamics partner success remains a critical element of our strategy and we will continue to support you with innovative solutions and services to drive your business forward.

Thank you for your investment in Microsoft Dynamics. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Kirill Tatarinov
Corporate Vice President
Microsoft Business Solutions

--Kevin

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