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Microsoft Names 17-Year Cisco Vet Laura Ipsen Worldwide Public Sector Lead

Laura Ipsen, Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. has appointed Laura Ipsen corporate vice president of Microsoft’s worldwide public sector organization, Microsoft announced Tuesday.

Ipsen will lead company sales and marketing to government, public and national security, education and nonprivatized healthcare customers in more than 100 countries.

Ipsen will report to Susan Hauser, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s worldwide enterprise and partner group.

Ipsen was previously Cisco Systems‘ (NASDAQ: CSCO) senior vice president and general manager of connected energy systems and led Cisco’s smart grid efforts, according to the Seattle Times.

Ipsen, who joined Cisco in 1995, established and managed Cisco’s global policy and government affairs division.

Ipsen also has worked in government affairs and international trade for Hitachi Data Systems Corp., Acer Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Ipsen is currently a board member of Monsanto and of the GridWise Alliance and has previously served as board chair of both the the Information Technology Industry Council and the Organization of Women in International Trade.

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