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Hertz Stepping Down from New Signature

High-profile Microsoft partner Christopher Hertz is stepping down from New Signature, the two-time Microsoft United States Partner of the Year company that he founded 13 years ago.

Hertz has been president of the fast-growing, Washington, D.C.-based company since April 2015, when New Signature landed a $35 million venture capital investment from Columbia Capital, which brought in a new chairman and a new CEO.

In a statement, New Signature said Hertz was stepping down as president "to focus more time on family, personal interests and future opportunities." According to the company, Hertz had been working with CEO Jeff Tench on the transition and this week moves from his active management role to an advisory role. His official last day as a New Signature employee is set for the end of the month.

"I have the utmost confidence and belief that New Signature will continue to be incredibly successful," Hertz said in a statement. "It is with tremendous pride that I hand over the reins to a very capable team, led by Jeff Tench, CEO and Neil Hobbs, Chairman. As a shareholder, I look forward to watching the company grow and shine. As an alumnus, I will continue to be a fanatic and evangelist for New Signature."

Microsoft has featured Hertz regularly at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) and at its internal sales meeting, Microsoft Global Exchange (MGX). He has had WPC speaking slots from 2012 to 2015, including onstage roles in the heavily attended North American keynotes in 2014 and 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 07, 2016 at 8:42 AM