Reporting to planning strategy general manager Martin Taylor, Pretorius will be part of the team that directs how the software firm
competes. She joined Microsoft last year (PRWeek, 6 February 2004). UK head of PR Hugh Davies said he was already looking for her replacement.
In her new role, Pretorius will be particularly concerned with Microsoft's strategy towards Linux, a free rival operating system to Windows.
She will also be involved with Microsoft's 'Get the Facts' campaign to 'encourage a factual-based dialogue' about the company.