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Microsoft Lures Althoff from Oracle for North America Sales Role

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Microsoft nabbed the face of the Oracle channel.

Judson Althoff will become Microsoft's president of North America Sales and Marketing on March 29, Microsoft announced Monday.

For the last few years, Althoff was Oracle's senior vice president of Worldwide Alliances and Channels. He had been at Oracle for 14 years. Althoff played a high-profile channel role for Oracle, including as the master of ceremonies at partner events and as a spokesman to the media. He was named to the prestigious CRN Channel Chiefs list for five years running through this year.

Althoff had reported to Mark Hurd, president of Worldwide Sales, Consulting, Marketing and Support at Oracle. At Microsoft he will report to COO Kevin Turner.

While Althoff's position is not within Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Group, any field role involves significant interaction with the channel, which accounts for 95 percent of Microsoft's sales. The North America president-level role at Microsoft was most recently held by Robert Youngjohns, who left Microsoft in September 2012 to take over HP's Autonomy unit.

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM


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