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Dropbox picks up new global sales chief from Microsoft

Hansen comes to Dropbox from Microsoft, where he served as vice president of the Small and Medium Business organization.

Another private tech company wunderkind has made a key hire from an industry stalwart.

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Today's entry is taking place at Dropbox, which just announced it has appointed Thomas Hansen as its new global vice president of sales and channel.

Hansen comes to Dropbox from Microsoft, where he served as vice president of the Small and Medium Business organization.

In that role, Hansen oversaw a global sales and marketing team working with Microsoft's partner ecosystem and more than 100 million SMBs worldwide.

Prior to Microsoft, Hansen previously led global sales teams at Dell as well.

When he starts at the San Francisco-based company in August, Hansen will be in charge of the direct sales and channel team for Dropbox for Business.

Dropbox overall now counts more than 400 million users worldwide -- more than 70 percent of whom are outside of the United States, according to the cloud storage company.

The business-focused arm is ramping up considerably, growing to serve roughly eight million businesses -- up from four million in late 2013.

Dropbox for Business is now deployed at more than 100,000 organizations globally, ranging from publishing giant Hearst Corporation to digital music streaming service Spotify.

Hansen will be reporting into Dropbox chief operating officer, Dennis Woodside.

"A seasoned veteran with over a decade of experience at Microsoft - where he most recently served as the Worldwide Vice President of Small and Medium Business - Thomas understands how to meet the needs of millions of customers all over the globe," Woodside wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. "We're scaling at an extraordinary pace, and Thomas' insights will help us accelerate Dropbox adoption even further."

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