Vanessa Sorenson takes top role at Microsoft New Zealand

Barrie Sheers moves to regional post in Asia

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Vanessa Sorenson is stepping up from enterprise director to general manager at Microsoft New Zealand on April 1.

Sorenson joined Microsoft in October 2017 after more than two decades at Spark, most recently as general manager. She is a noted champion of diversity and inclusion across the ICT industry.

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Vanessa Sorenson

“My past three years have been a huge learning journey, and I’m thrilled to be in the privileged position of leading the New Zealand business,” says Sorenson.

She replaces Barrie Sheers, who has been appointed One Commercial Partner (OCP) regional business leader for Microsoft Asia. 

“I’m amazed by what a formative and exciting time it’s been,” says the Kiwi-born Sheers, who joined Microsoft in 2015. 

“I joined this organisation at such a critical time, when the company was returning to an unprecedented level of innovation, trust and relevance,” says Sheers, who has also held executive leadership positions in Asia for the likes of Dell, Quest and Sybase. 

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Barrie Sheers

Microsoft’s senior director of OCP field strategy and operations, Camille Mazo, acknowledges Sheers’ legacy.

“His leadership helped the New Zealand business more than double since 2015, win top global subsidiary twice, strengthen relationships with partners and customers, differentiate and take market share from competitors, and fully embrace a diversity and inclusion culture benefiting everyone,” says Mazo. 

“Barrie’s business acumen and track record of success will be a great addition to our organisation.”

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