Microsoft Australia Gets a New Head
Microsoft is looking to make a big impact in the Australia New Zealand (ANZ) region this year, and to this end, it has brought in Steven Worrall as the new managing director of its Australian business. In this role, Worrall has the responsibility to ensure that Microsoft meets the needs of its customers in the ANZ region, and also continue to cater to the more than 11,000 partners and independent software vendors that work on the Microsoft platform in Australia.
Though this sounds like a huge responsibility, Microsoft believes Worrall has the skills and experience to handle it. He joined Microsoft in 2014 as the Director of Enterprise and Partner Group – a division that is responsible for driving business and building a strong relationship with customers and partners. He had done remarkably well in this role, as he showed strong results and improvements in the areas of productivity solutions, cloud, and mobility platforms.
Worrall was offered this job after Pip Marlow, the long-standing director of Microsoft Australia, quit her job to take up a new role as the chief executive of strategic innovation at Suncorp. After accepting this position, Worrall told The Australian Financial Review that he would make the most of his stint at the top, especially at a time when Microsoft is on a roll world over, fueled in part by the phenomenal success of its cloud platform, Azure. It’s other cloud-based products such as Office 365 and Dynamic 365 are also enjoying a huge popularity, and Worrall plans to extend their application further in the ANZ region.
At the same time, he also opined on the skills gap that exist in cloud technology, and promised that he would work on this area to ensure that Microsoft’s capabilities reached every customer and partner to the fullest extent possible.
Worrall could not have asked for a better time to lead Microsoft, as the company is gushing ahead in the cloud business. Last week, it’s quarterly results exceeded the expectations of investors and analysts, with a substantial chunk of revenue coming from its cloud business. Worrall is the right choice for this position, as he has the experience and skills to steer the Australian business in the right direction, and to contribute to the overall profitability in a big way.
Before joining Microsoft, Worrall worked in IBM for 22 years, and held various roles in the areas of sales, marketing, software and finance. In his last stint at IBM, he was responsible for furthering IBM’s software business in the Asia Pacific region, and more specifically, for promoting its cloud-based services.
Besides experience, Worrall also has a solid academic background as he holds an Honor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and an MBA degree in Business from Macquarie University. In addition, he is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a board that aims to promote excellence in governance and also to provide solutions on issues faced by Australian directors.
On the personal front, Worrall lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.