I started my legal career in Washington, D.C., and joined a big law firm right out of school. There, I began working with Microsoft, and shortly thereafter took the opportunity to join the company’s in-house litigation group at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond.
In 2004, I had the opportunity to do something completely different: lead a regional legal and government affairs team for Microsoft, based in Singapore. At that point, my wife Lisa and I weren’t seeking any major change but quickly realized that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It was an amazing five years covering an enormous span of geographies.
I then returned to the U.S. to lead the company’s regulatory affairs at a time when cloud computing was somewhat nascent. We were charged with navigating a complex regulatory landscape, a task that played a crucial role in the launch of Microsoft’s cloud services.
I then spent eight years supporting the global sales and marketing organization at Microsoft, leading a global team of approximately 450 legal and government affairs professionals. It was an unforgettable experience, which played a major role in shaping my philosophy and approach to leadership and people management.
The last chapter of my Microsoft tenure was a shift from a field/customer-facing role into an engineering-focused role, providing legal support for Microsoft’s AI and research division. I spent much of my time focused on operationalizing the principles intended to guide Microsoft’s ethical and responsible development and deployment of AI.