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Microsoft names Chief Partner Officer in update to channel ecosystem leadership

by Jason Gumpert
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Microsoft has announced a new channel leadership structure, with Nicole Dezen taking on the newly created title of Chief Partner Officer and two direct reports responsible for channel sales and programs, respectively.

Dezen will continue in her previous role of CVP of Global Partner Solutions, according to Nick Parker, Microsoft’s president of industry and partner sales. She will have two key direct reports: David Smith as VP of Channel Sales and Julie Sanford as VP of Partner GTM, Programs & Experiences.

“These new roles and the increased investments we continue to make in our partner business demonstrate the importance of our ecosystem, the needs of our partners and the opportunity we have to serve customers together,” wrote Parker.

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Prior to co-founding, Jason was a Principal Software Consultant at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he implemented solutions, trained customers, managed software development, and spent some time in the pre-sales engineering organization. He has also held consulting positions at CSC Consulting and Monitor Group.

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