NEWS: Huppertz for Microsoft government affairs post

Microsoft Europe has appointed Marie-Therse Huppertz as its head of government relations, in a move which sees its government affairs function shift from Paris to Brussels.

Microsoft Europe has appointed Marie-Therse Huppertz as its head of

government relations, in a move which sees its government affairs

function shift from Paris to Brussels.



Huppertz takes over from John Frank, Microsoft Europe’s former corporate

attorney who has in turn taken over from Brad Smith as the company’s top

legal adviser in Europe. Smith himself has been promoted as Microsoft’s

worldwide senior corporate attorney, based in the US.



Primarily a legal role, Huppertz’ job includes government affairs and

monitoring legislative developments in institutions and key European

Union member states.



Huppertz, who previously worked for German recording and publishing

giant Bertelsmann, will also represent Microsoft at the International

Communications Round Table, an association of about 35 companies which

monitors trade issues in Brussels.



Maria Eitel, Microsoft’s European corporate affairs group manager,

denied that Microsoft intended to further increase its government

affairs presence in Brussels.



She explained that because Huppertz was previously based in Brussels

with Bertelsmann, it seemed more appropriate for her to remain there

than re-locate to Paris.



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