Microsoft has appointed Cindy Rose as its new UK CEO.
She will join the manufacturer on 1st July, with plans to take over from current Microsoft UK head Michel Van der Bel in November. He announced the news over Twitter: ‘Really excited to congratulate Cindy Rose on joining Microsoft UK where she will officially take over from me on Nov 1st as UK CEO.’
Jean-Philippe Courtois, President of Microsoft International confirmed Rose’s appointment. ‘I am truly delighted to announce that Cindy is joining Microsoft UK,’ he said. ‘She brings a real strength in driving complex, customer-focused businesses and a deep understanding of the digital space. As we continue to transform as an organization and support our customers’ digital transformation, Cindy’s experience will be invaluable.’
The news comes three months after Rose stepped down as Vodafone’s UK consumer head. She joined the network in 2013 and was responsible for the launch of Vodafone Connect last year.
Commenting on her new role, Rose said: ‘I’m thrilled to be joining Microsoft and to be asked to lead the UK business at such an opportune moment in the company’s history and such an unprecedented moment in the country’s history.’
Microsoft staff cuts
Rose will join Microsoft amidst a period of redundancies at the manufacturer, who recently cut its UK field marketing team. Multiple sources at Microsoft told Mobile that trainers and affiliated support staff had been made redundant. This followed a number of redundancies made earlier this year at Microsoft's mobile department, affecting ex-Nokia staff in Finland as well as in the UK.