Microsoft has announced that current UK chief executive Michel Van der Bel will step down on 1 November and be replaced by Cindy Rose (pictured), a top executive from Vodafone.
Rose was the managing director of Vodafone’s Consumer Division, and has held senior roles at firms including Virgin Media and Disney.
She has now started at Microsoft, but will not fully take over the chief executive role until Van der Bel’s official departure in November.
Rose will take responsibility for all of Microsoft’s offerings and support services in the UK, which could prove challenging given the uncertainty created by the Leave vote in the referendum, a situation to which Rose made reference.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Microsoft and to be asked to lead the UK business at such an opportune moment in the company’s history and such an unprecedented moment in the country’s history,” she said.
“I’m excited by the possibilities of our mission to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more, and look forward to working closely with our customers, partners and employees to do just that.”
Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International, was effusive about Rose’s appointment, describing her as the ideal person for the company’s next era in the UK.
“She brings a real strength in driving complex, customer-focused businesses and a deep understanding of the digital space. As we continue to transform as an organisation and support our customers’ digital transformations, Cindy’s experience will be invaluable.”
Van der Bel used Twitter to express his support for Rose in the new role.
Really excited to congratulate Cindy Rose on joining Microsoft UK where she will officially takeover from me on Nov 1st as UK CEO— Michel Van der Bel (@MichelVdBel) June 30, 2016
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