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  • Blog Post: NETmundial – Multi-stakeholder Internet governance moves forward

    Posted by Paul Mitchell General Manager, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Today, NETmundial , a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, wrapped up in São Paulo, Brazil. NETmundial proved to be an excellent forum for gathering insights from stakeholders in an...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft on World’s Most Ethical Companies list 4 years in a row

    Posted by Dan Bross Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft We are proud to be included in the 2014 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, which was released by the Ethisphere Institute on Thursday . Ethical and responsible business practices are the bedrock of our corporate...
  • Blog Post: KORUS Moves Forward; Impact on IT Industry

    Posted by Dorothy Dwoskin Senior Director of Global Trade Policy and Strategy The United States and South Korea are, once again, focused on realizing the benefits of enhanced trade and investment opportunities between our two countries. This is great news! President Obama and South Korea’s...
  • Blog Post: Responding to Shareholder Concerns on Executive Compensation

    Posted by J. Ritchie Corporate Vice President of Compensation, Benefits, and Performance Management Microsoft has long believed that effective corporate governance should include regular, constructive conversations with our shareholders and other stakeholders. This ongoing dialogue has led to many...
  • Blog Post: Helmut Panke: Executive, Scientist, and Microsoft Board Member

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Dr. Helmut Panke joined the Microsoft board of directors in 2003, bringing his insights about international business and brand building from an illustrious career at BMW which culminated in his leading that company from 2002 to 2006...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Whitepaper: Policymakers Play Key Role in Cloud Safety

    Posted by Julie Inman-Grant Director, Privacy and Internet Safety Outreach, Trustworthy Computing The explosive growth of cloud computing services and Internet-connected mobile devices is creating exciting opportunities for users to connect, share common interests and access information. However...
  • Blog Post: Important Progress for the 520 Bridge

    Posted by Brad Smith Senior Vice President and General Counsel We recently reached out to the people of the Puget Sound area to help advance a critical local and state issue: the timely replacement and expansion of the SR-520 bridge across Lake Washington. Many responded. I want to thank everyone...
  • Blog Post: Software Piracy: The Risks are Greater than Ever

    Posted by David Finn Associate General Counsel, Worldwide Anti-piracy and Anti-counterfeiting, Microsoft Software counterfeiting and piracy is a global problem that no single entity solves alone. From countries trying to spark their economies to businesses trying to protect their assets to consumers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Shareholders Vote on “Say-on-Pay,” Other Measures

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Over the last few months Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and I have blogged about our Board of Directors’ consideration of “Say-on-Pay” proposals that enable shareholders to weigh-in on our executive compensation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Board of Directors Proposes a New Right for Shareholders

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of strong corporate governance policies and practices, and the commitment of Microsoft’s board of directors to adopt policies that not only enhance long-term shareholder value and build...
  • Blog Post: Businesses Should Take the Lead on Corporate Governance

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Last month Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and I blogged about the decision by Microsoft’s board of directors to adopt a new “Say-on-Pay” policy. Recently Brad authored a column for InsideCounsel magazine entitled...
  • Blog Post: A Principled Approach to Compensation Reform

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel In the wake of the financial crisis of the past year, Congress is currently considering several bills that would regulate executive compensation and other aspects of corporate governance. It’s good that policymakers are focused...
  • Blog Post: Talking about Governance with C-Suite Insight Magazine

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel I recently sat down for an interview with C-Suite Insight magazine, one of the leading publications for board members and corporate governance professionals, to talk about the foundations of Microsoft’s approach to corporate governance...
  • Blog Post: Maria Klawe: Scholar, Scientist and Microsoft Board Member

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Increasing women’s participation in science and engineering is a lifelong passion of Dr. Maria Klawe , who joined the Microsoft board of directors last year. A distinguished computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College...
  • Blog Post: Improving E-Government Interoperability--Beyond Technology

    Posted by Steve Mutkoski Senior Standards Strategist Steve Mutkoski speaking at the Internet Governance Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt While participating in e-Government panel discussions on three continents last month, I heard loudly that the impediments to effective e-Government interoperability...
  • Blog Post: The Dodd-Frank Act and Corporate Governance

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Earlier this week President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. While the legislation is focused primarily on overhauling the U.S. financial regulatory system, the Act contains eight...
  • Blog Post: Corporate Governance at Microsoft: A Look Back and a Look Ahead

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft With the approach of Microsoft’s annual shareholders meeting on Nov. 15 th , I am excited to take a look back at some of the recent results of Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to promote the long-term interests...
  • Blog Post: A Great First Step: The Gartner Cloud Computing Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

    Posted by Ted MacLean General Manager, Open Solutions Group Ted MacLean Last week, I took part in a Gartner Symposium panel discussion about rights and responsibilities of cloud computing customers, a panel that mirrored the analyst firm’s recently published report developed with...
  • Blog Post: Corporate Governance: A Foundation for Restoring Public Trust

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel In today’s economic climate, strong corporate governance policies and practices are more important than ever. Sound corporate governance can help restore public trust and solidify the foundation on which a broad recovery can be...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Board Adopts New “Say-on-Pay” Policy

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel We’ve blogged in the past about Microsoft’s commitment to strong corporate governance, and our belief in the need for transparent policies that enhance public...