Michael Rawding

  • Vice President Michael Rawding is responsible for Business Development, Products & Solutions  Management, Partners and Global Execution for the Unlimited Potential Group at Microsoft  Corporation. This group is charged with spearheading efforts to close the digital divide by  creating new products and programs that will help bring social and economic opportunity to  the estimated 5 billion people not yet realizing the benefits of technology. Through the  expansion of the Microsoft® Unlimited Potential program, the company is accelerating its  long-term commitment to transform education, foster local innovation, and enable jobs and  opportunities globally.

    In his most recent role as Vice President for special projects in Microsoft Corporate Affairs,  Rawding created a proactive cross-company strategy to respond to large scale disasters and  also helped develop an environmental sustainability strategy for the company. Before that, he  served as corporate vice president of MSN® Global Sales and Marketing.

    Before coming to MSN, Rawding spent seven years in a variety of senior management roles in  Asia. From 2001 to 2005, while based in Tokyo, he was the president and CEO of Microsoft  Japan and the president of Microsoft Asia. From 1998 to 2001 he led Microsoft’s overall  presence in Greater China from Beijing.

    Earlier in his tenure at Microsoft, Rawding held a variety of marketing, business development  and management roles focused on building Microsoft’s presence in enterprise computing, with  an emphasis on industry specific strategy development and execution.

    Previous to joining Microsoft, Rawding spent five years with Unisys in product marketing and  major account sales capacities. Before joining Unisys, he worked as a management consultant  for Interdevelopment Inc., a small, privately held consulting firm specializing in cross-border  technology transfer between European and U.S. companies.

    Rawding has a bachelor’s degree in political science and German from Middlebury College in  Middlebury, VT. He currently serves on the board of Business for Diplomatic Action, a nonprofit organization with a mission to enlist the U.S. business community in actions to improve  the standing of America in the world. Locally in Seattle, he is a member of the board at Town  Hall, which showcases the community’s cultural energy with diverse music, arts and  humanities, civic discourse, and world culture programming.

     He enjoys biking, reading, cooking, travel, world music and spending time with his family.


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