Microsoft, the US-owned computer and IT giant, has hired Darren Briggs
as its first internal communications manager in the UK.
Briggs, a project manager for British Airways’ people development
department, joins Microsoft in August.
Based at its headquarters in Winnersh, near Reading, he will be in
charge of communicating with Microsoft’s 718 employees throughout its
offices in Winnersh, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.
He will report to Microsoft’s corporate communications manager - a post
which remains vacant following the departure of Madeline Crabb-Thomas
earlier this month.
External PRremains the responsibility of PR manager Colleen Farrell, who
reports directly to Shaun Orpen, director of marketing services.
A spokesman for the company said: ‘Microsoft has become quite a large
company and is committed to communications across the board, to its
customers, business partners, suppliers and employees.
‘The number of staff has been growing steadily and they want to ensure
that communications is done more effectively,’ he added.
Microsoft’s UK subsidiary has three main business units: sales and
marketing, product support services and Microsoft consulting services.
The company was founded in 1982 with only five staff.