The 25 Most Influential People at Microsoft - 20. Debra Chrapaty
20. Debra Chrapaty, Corporate Vice President, Global Foundation Services
What is the measure of influence? Chrapaty is Microsoft's hard-hat girl, responsible for keeping an expanding mass of data centers operational. She's not necessarily a thought leader, yet her influence is immeasurable, particularly as Microsoft builds out its services platform. Her star is rapidly rising.
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