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Former IBM exec the new head honcho at Microsoft Australia

15 Dec 2016

Microsoft has announced a new managing director for its Australian Market after nearly two decades. 

Steven Worrall will replace Pip Marlow, leading the overall business to help Australian people and organisations digitally transform.

He will take over on the 1st of January next year with Pip will transitioning out of the by the end of January.

Marlow is moving to Suncorp to take up the newly-created position of chief executive officer of Strategic Innovation. 

Ralph Haupter is Microsoft’s Corporate vice president of Microsoft Asi, he says they’re very excited that Worrall will take on the leadership of the Australian business. 

“Steven has a great track record in helping clients take advantage of the business and technological opportunities associated with innovation and business growth,” explains Haupter.

“Being able to choose a leader from within our ranks speaks to the strength of Pip’s leadership and will ensure minimal disruption to the strong momentum delivered by the Microsoft Australia leadership team.”

Haupter also commends Marlow for her outstanding leadership and commitment to Microsoft, wishing her all the best in her new role at Suncorp.

“Pip has been an exceptional leader for Microsoft Australia and will be greatly missed,” he says. 

“Her strong leadership, passion and determination to continually improve Microsoft for our customers, partners, employees and the wider community has been truly inspirational.  She has made a tremendous contribution and impact.”

As managing director, Marlow launched two cloud data centre regions in Australia and opened the doors to Microsoft’s first flagship store outside of North America.

“Working at Microsoft and leading such a talented team of people has been the highlight of my career.  After two decades, it is time to move to a new challenge,” says Marlow.

“I leave the Australian business in excellent shape and I know that Steven will be a great and impactful leader.”

Prior to joining Microsoft, Steven Worrall led IBM’s Software business for the Asia Pacific region, providing a major source of IBM’s growth in the region.

“I am delighted to step into the role of Managing Director and have the opportunity to continue to work with the excellent leadership team we have in Australia. Pip has been a tremendous leader and the strength of our leadership team is a testament to Pip’s stewardship over the last six years,” says Worrall.

“This is a unique time for our business and I look forward to playing my part and leading our team to deliver outstanding technology solutions and partnerships with our customers, partners, employees and communities.”

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