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Markezich Jumps from Microsoft Online to U.S. Partner Role

Ron Markezich
Ron Markezich

Ron Markezich, a 13-year Microsoft veteran who has served as chief information officer and most recently ran Microsoft Online, has been named corporate vice president of Microsoft's U.S. Enterprise and Partner Group.

Microsoft updated Markezich's executive bio with the new title and role on Monday.

According to the bio, the U.S. Enterprise and Partner Group serves 1,500 customers across the company's enterprise software offerings, cloud services and devices. "In this role, Markezich is responsible for leading U.S. enterprise sales and marketing, including national and field sales, partner, marketing, operations and vertical industry teams."

His previous title was also corporate vice president. Markezich had been responsible for "building Microsoft's cloud business for enterprise and public sector customers globally," the bio states. Markezich's change in role coincides with the public beta release Monday of Office 365, the Microsoft cloud computing offering that is expected to have the highest volume of sales.

"Because of his experience in Microsoft Online and as Microsoft's CIO, Markezich is uniquely positioned to drive the transition within Microsoft's U.S. sales force toward the company's cloud services-based offerings," his bio states.

In his new role, Markezich reports to Robert Youngjohns, president of Microsoft North America, according to a Microsoft spokesperson.

Markezich replaces Chris Weber, who followed former senior Microsoft executive Stephen Elop to Nokia Inc. The Finland-based mobile giant announced Weber's hiring as president of Nokia in the United States and head of markets for North America on Feb. 11. At the time, Weber had already been gone from Microsoft, according to Nokia's press release, which identified Weber as a former corporate vice president of the U.S. Enterprise and Partner Group who had been running his own consulting business.

Posted by Scott Bekker on April 19, 2011 at 11:58 AM