Microsoft Taps Ex-McAfee CEO To Lead Business Development

George Paul November 12, 2020
Christopher Young
Image Credit: International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP)

Microsoft has announced that Christopher Young has joined the tech giant’s team as its new Executive Vice President of Business Development, replacing Peggy Johnson, who left in July to become the CEO of Magic Leap. Young will report directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and sit on the company’s Senior Leadership Team.

At Microsoft, Young will be in charge of the company’s global business development strategies, giving him sway over growth initiatives across the company. He will also lead the evaluation and execution of strategic partnership opportunities, including alliances, venture investments and joint ventures.

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Young is a seasoned tech exec, who most recently held the top spot at cybersecurity firm McAfee, where he led the initiative to spin McAfee out from Intel to become a standalone company. He has also held senior positions at major tech company’s like Cisco and VMware and cofounded threat intelligence management company Cyveillance. He currently serves as a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) and sits on the boards of directors of American Express and Snap Inc.

“We know that for our customers and partners, the next decade of economic growth will be defined by the digital investments made today,” Nadella said in a press release. “With Chris’ leadership, the Business Development team will continue to be a key accelerant for our partnerships and new growth opportunities.”

Young added, “The pace of change in our world is accelerating, and technology-driven experiences that are more connected, interactive and intelligent are the drivers. It is great to be joining Microsoft, to help lead this transformation in the way we work and live.”

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