Microsoft's board getting more mobile expertise with latest addition

Microsoft's board getting more mobile expertise with latest addition

Summary: Microsoft's Nadella posited the new board member's experience will "be invaluable as we transform Microsoft for growth and leadership in the mobile-first, cloud-first world."

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Honing its mobile industry insights, Microsoft is adding a new member to its board of directors.

The latest addition is John W. Stanton, described by the Redmond, Wash.-headquartered corporation as "a pioneer and innovator in the U.S. and global wireless industry."

Stanton is currently chairman of Trilogy Equity Partners, a private equity fund for early-stage growth opportunities in the wireless market, as well as Trilogy International Partners, a wireless operator in Central and South America and New Zealand.

Stanton has also held a number of leadership roles with various telecommunications companies, including McCaw Cellular, Western Wireless, and VoiceStream Wireless, acquired by Deutsche Telekom and renamed T-Mobile USA.

Most recently, Stanton served as director and later chairman of Clearwire Corp. from 2008 to 2013.

As the 11th member of the collective, Stanton will join the Compensation Committee of the Microsoft board.

Existing members include Microsoft chairman John W. Thompson, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, current CEO Satya Nadella, and founder Bill Gates.

In Wednesday's announcement, Nadella posited Stanton's experience will "be invaluable as we transform Microsoft for growth and leadership in the mobile-first, cloud-first world."

Microsoft isn't alone in staffing up its board this week.

On Tuesday, IBM announced it is planning to add two more members to its board of directors: Johnson & Johnson chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky and former Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter R. Voser.

Topics: Enterprise 2.0, CXO, Microsoft, Mobility, Tech Industry

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  • The CEO shouldn't be the one to make the announcement

    People might think the CEO appoints the directors (formerly true de facto in many corporations), instead of the reverse. The one to make the announcement should be the (non-executive) Chairman.
    John L. Ries
    • Did he?

      The press release has a quote from Thompson first followed by Nadella.
      Buster Friendly
      • Point taken

        Thanks
        John L. Ries
  • they only need to

    Fire Elop to win in mobile
    BFD
    • They would have to hire/promote a competent exec in his place

      NT
      John L. Ries
  • Judging by the new Windows phone figures..

    ..they need a bloody miracle. Down year on year i'd say Microsoft need to drop Phones, Surface and stick to software
    Bladeforce
    • I do think WP is DOA but

      Where do you get the stats that it's down YoY?

      And by down, is that sales or share?
      x I'm tc
    • +5 years

      and I bet they own 50% marketshare
      CriticalSection