Markezich Named CIO of Microsoft IT Department

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-05-17 Print this article Print

Previously general manager of finance and administration in the department, Ron Markezich has been promoted to CIO.

Microsoft this month promoted Ron Markezich to CIO of its IT organization. Markezich was previously general manager of finance and administration in that department.

Markezich will report to Rick Devenuti, who has been handling the roles of corporate vice president for worldwide services and IT CIO after the previous head of services, Mike Sinneck, left the company last year.

Microsoft for some time has used the IT department as one of its primary testers of upcoming products, with software such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 running Microsofts desktops, servers, Web sites and day-to-day operations up to a year before those products became release candidates.

Markezich said his No. 1 priority is to make sure Microsoft runs its products well internally before theyre released to customers. "We will continue to be Microsofts first and best customer," he said.

For a longer version of this story with more quotes from Markezich, click here. The IT organization, which comprises about 3,800 members, including Microsoft employees, vendors and contingent staff, starts testing software under development in its labs as early as the alpha stage, which is before any public betas.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

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