Steven Worrall has been appointed as Microsoft’s Australian managing director, taking over the top job from Pip Marlow.

After 21 years with Microsoft, Marlow is moving to a newly-created position at Suncorp — Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Innovation.

Worrall, who is currently the director of Microsoft’s enterprise and partner group will assume the position of MD on January 1, 2017 and Marlow will transition out of the Microsoft business by the end of January 2017.

Steven Worrall

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2014, Worrall led IBM’s software business for the Asia Pacific region, providing a major source of IBM’s growth in the region. One of his primary responsibilities was to build IBM’s organisational capability across diverse markets across the region. He worked for IBM for 22 years and held a number of marketing, sales and general management roles during his career in the services, software and financing segments of the business.

Microsoft’s corporate Vice President, Microsoft Asia, Ralph Haupter said, “We are very excited that Steven 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. 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.”

Worrall said he was delighted to step into the role of MD and praised Marlow’s leadership.

“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,” Worrall said.

During her six year stint as MD, Marlow launched two cloud datacentre regions in Australia, opened the doors to Microsoft’s first flagship store outside of North America and has advocated for greater diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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

Haupter thanked Marlow for her outstanding leadership and commitment to Microsoft and wished her all the best in her new role at Suncorp.

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

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