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  • Mr Jan Muehlfeit
    Chairman Europe
    Microsoft Corporation

ABOUT

Jan Muehlfeit is responsible for representing Microsoft Corporation and engaging with governments, large corporations, key partners and academic elites both within EU and on an international level.  His goal is to ensure that Microsoft continues to act as a relevant, trusted and valuable partner that listens and contributes to enabling long-term growth, local economic competitiveness, job creation and innovation both in public and private sectors.

Jan Muehlfeit joined Microsoft in 1993 and, during his seven years in the company’s Czech and Slovak operations, held a variety of leadership roles including the position of General Manager. He received the Microsoft President’s Award for Excellence in 1994. He was named Regional Director of Microsoft Eastern Europe in 2000 and promoted to Vice President in 2002. Under his leadership, Eastern Europe became company’s best performing region worldwide for four consecutive years. In 2004 he also became a co-architect of Microsoft’s global emerging markets strategy.

Following these achievements, Jan Muehlfeit assumed the role of Vice President of Microsoft’s Public Sector team in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in 2005. In this role he was responsible for promoting solutions for public sector organizations and ensuring delivery of an excellent customer and partner experience while contributing to EMEA’s national and international public sector growth and social agendas. He was named Vice President, EMEA Corporate & Government Strategy in 2006 and was subsequently promoted to Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation in 2007.

Jan Muehlfeit is a board member of the European Academy of Business in Society (EABiS) and of the Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe (JAYE). He is also a Co-Chairman of the European Industry Leadership Board on e-Skills and a member of the Board of AIESEC, world's largest student-run organization and an international platform for young people to discover and develop their potential. Jan Muehlfeit also represents Microsoft on the TABD, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue. He is a regular speaker at various European and global events.

Jan Muehlfeit continues to support several charities, including "PCs Against Barriers", a joint initiative of Microsoft Czech Republic and Charta 77 Foundation, where he serves as a member of the supervisory board. Over the past almost two decades, he has received numerous public awards as recognition of his industry and social contributions including the "Best Manager of Czech Republic for 1999" from the Czech Prime Minister, the “Czech Brain Award” and was named the Czech IT Personality of the Year three times.

Born in 1962, Jan Muehlfeit grew up in Czechoslovakia. He received a computer science degree from the Czech Technical University in 1986 and, before joining Microsoft, worked both in the public and private sectors.


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