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New Zealander to lead Microsoft Developer and Platform Strategy worldwide

Posted on 7-Nov-2007 11:07 | Filed under: News

Microsoft New Zealand has gained the expertise of a experienced senior manager to head its Enterprise and Partner Group business. Chris Ichter from Microsoft France will join the Microsoft New Zealand team as its Enterprise and Partner Group Director on 7 January 2008.

He has been with Microsoft since 2003 and prior to that worked for a number of significant IT industry players including HP, Memorex, ICL and Xerox. His experience spans 18 years and he has managed teams with responsibilities for direct sales to customers and through-partner sales. Mr Ichter also comes with a strong track record of helping customers achieve business results in highly competitive environments through Microsoft technology.

Microsoft New Zealand Developer and Platform Strategy Director Sean McBreen has been promoted to a new role at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. Mr McBreen will lead the worldwide business planning and operations for Microsoft�s Developer and Platform Strategy team from 7 January 2008.

Sean McBreen will be responsible for developing effective global processes, procedures and communications that facilitate Microsoft�s Developer and Platform Strategy business planning and execution capabilities. Additionally, Mr McBreen will have input into the strategic decisions for the company�s global platform strategy and developer community outreach efforts.

Microsoft New Zealand�s Managing Director Kevin Ackhurst says he is excited to have Mr Ichter contribute his more global perspective to the New Zealand team, and is equally delighted to see the continued nurturing of Mr McBreen, who is highly regarded within the organisation as a manager with long-term leadership potential.

�Microsoft is a global company and part of the value we can bring to New Zealand is to ensure that we secure the best possible talent to work here as well as continue to nurture New Zealanders through honing their skills for the good of New Zealand in the long term,� said Mr Ackhurst. �With Chris Ichter, we will have on board an experienced Microsoft senior manager whose industry understanding will increase the pace and depth of our contribution to the business needs of our customers and partners in New Zealand.�