Microsoft hires former Sun, IBM executive to lead sales

Microsoft has appointed a former Sun and IBM executive to lead its North American sales.

Microsoft has tapped a former Sun Microsystems and IBM executive to lead its North American sales and marketing.

Robert YoungJohns, who most recently was president and CEO of performance management software vendor Callidus, is now president of North America sales and marketing as well as a corporate vice president at Microsoft. In his new role, which begins December 3, YoungJohns will manage an 8,500-person sales force and report to Microsoft COO Kevin Turner.

YoungJohns, 56, has more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, 10 of which he spent at Sun in various positions, including executive vice president of global sales, and 18 years at IBM, where he held various positions. During his last role as top executive at Callidus, the company saw its business double in two and a half years and achieve 45 percent year-over-year growth.

YoungJohns is filling a role vacated by Bill Veghte, who moved to become corporate vice president of the Windows Business Group in February 2007. In the interim, Microsoft Corporate Vice Presidents Michael Park and Jens Winther Moberg have been sharing responsibilities on an interim basis.

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