Microsoft has announced former CEO of McAfee, Christopher Young, as the Executive Vice President of its Business development unit. Young is one of the leading voices in the world of cybersecurity.
With his recent history reflecting him as the leader of one of the biggest security companies around, Microsoft is gaining a remarkable leader in its ranks. He had led McAfee to spin out of Intel to become a standalone company. He has previously held senior leadership positions at RSA, AOL, VMware, and Cisco.
As the head of Microsoft's global business development, Young will be responsible for creating important strategies that will drive the tech giant's growth. “The pace of change in our world is accelerating, and technology-driven experiences that are more connected, interactive, and intelligent are the drivers,” he said. “It is great to be joining Microsoft, to help lead this transformation in the way we work and live.”
At Microsoft, Young will be reporting directly to the CEO SatyaNadella. In a statement, Nadella said. “We know that for our customers and partners, the next decade of economic growth will be defined by the digital investments made today. With Chris’ leadership, the Business Development team will continue to be a key accelerant for our partnerships and new growth opportunities.”
Young holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He currently also serves as a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) and sits on the boards of directors of American Express and Snap Inc.