BRUSSELS: Microsoft has handed its newly-created senior corporate affairs role for Europe to former European Commission adviser Jacques Lafitte.
Lafitte joins with a remit to head a team of eight, with plans to recruit more. He will work with the business and institutional communities on IT-related issues and the public policies that guide them.
Reporting to John Frank, senior director in the law and corporate affairs team, Lafitte will be based in Microsoft's Brussels office.
Microsoft Europe chairman emeritus, Bernard Vergnes, said: 'We have a great opportunity to expand the scope and context of Microsoft's participation in European affairs and Jacques' experience will be of great benefit in helping us.'
'It's a long-term commitment to do more in Europe with governments and prove that Microsoft is a good corporate citizen,' said Lafitte.
Previously, Lafitte ran his own consultancy, JHL Francais, before which he was a member of the cabinet of Yves-Thibault de Silguy - the European commissioner in charge of economic and monetary affairs.
From 1992 to 1994, he served as deputy head of the Treasury unit for the French Ministry of Finance. Prior to this, he spent three years at the French Ministry of Defence.