Microsoft New York welcomes District General Manager Laura Clayton McDonnell

| MSNY Staff

lauraclaThe newest member of the New York Metro District team is our district general manager, Laura Clayton McDonnell. As the largest city in the U.S., New York is a key focus for Microsoft’s commitment to solutions and programs that support education, job creation, digital government and civic competiveness. As home to the nation’s leading companies and a host of technology innovators, the New York Metro District is an important part of Microsoft’s technology and sales efforts. We’re thrilled to welcome McDonnell to the leadership of this exciting business.

McDonnell brings a wealth of knowledge in sales management and legal experience, most recently in executive roles at Aspect Software, IBM, Sun and Apple. Now that she’s at Microsoft in New York, she’s already taken the lead in many of our community efforts, including ringing the opening bell at Nasdaq as part of the kickoff of Giving Tuesday.

“I’m delighted to join this amazing team as we support the transformation to a cloud-first, mobile-first world and encourage all our customers — enterprise, local governments and the citizens of New York City — to meet the opportunities of our changing world,” McDonnell says. “My immediate priority will be to lead the New York team to achieve more, with a focus on revenue growth, organizational effectiveness and operational excellence. I know the team shares my customer obsession, and I look forward to helping us reach new sales heights. At the same time, I’m eager to drive our work in leveraging technology to make a difference in the community, especially for youth and education.”

As New York City’s tech scene explodes, we are thrilled to be a part of this community and add to the growth. Tech is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the New York area’s economy. We see ourselves as part of the burgeoning sector making an impact in our district; it is an exciting time for the company! In October we opened the new flagship Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue, in the heart of New York’s shopping district. And our regional offices in Times Square are home to our New York Microsoft Technology Center (MTC), where we blend our workspace with purpose-built environments for customer collaboration, demonstration and innovation. Customers can envision and design solutions that meet their unique needs, building on a cloud-based infrastructure and a wide range of partner technologies. We’ve been in this space for just about two years and have had the privilege of working with a range of customers to explore the vast opportunities that Microsoft technology can offer their business.

We’re excited to see what the future holds as we move into a new year with new district leadership and new technology developments ahead. Check back frequently for updates on what the New York Metro District is accomplishing.

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