Microsoft appoints CEO for Europe, Middle East, Africa

Microsoft has promoted Jean-Philippe Courtois to chief executive officer (CEO), Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as part of a drive to integrate its geographic regions.

Courtois has been president of Microsoft EMEA since July 2000. As CEO, his role will be expanded to include business-decision making processes at the worldwide level, Microsoft said in a statement.

As a member of the worldwide senior leadership team, Courtois will also have responsibility for expanding the role of the company’s international country managers to enable a more "consistent and global approach" to how Microsoft interacts with customers and partners worldwide, Microsoft said.

Under Courtois’ leadership as president, Microsoft made several acquisitions, including Navision A/S, the first Microsoft development center to be located outside of the U.S., in Vedbaek, Denmark, Navision's previous headquarters.

Before becoming president, Courtois was vice president of worldwide customer marketing for the company, based in Redmond, Washington. He also had served as general manager for Microsoft France, after joining the subsidiary in 1984 and leading marketing and sales teams.

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