The 25 Most Influential People at Microsoft - 13. Rick Rashid
13. Rick Rashid, Senior Vice President, Research
Rashid is charged with running Microsoft's worldwide research operation. Microsoft Research is a rocket ship reaching escape velocity. The division showcases Microsoft's best talent, develops amazing new technologies and brings great respect to the company. Rashid's present and future influence is immeasurable.
Among Microsoft's 70,000-plus employees, there are many influential people. Twenty-five is too small a number to capture the best of the best among a large group of creative people. But Microsoft corporate culture also is very staid and insular, with a top-heavy power structure. Therefore, for this list, I focused more on operational influencers, although there are some thought leaders included. By Joe Wilcox, Microsoft Watch