Microsoft Europe has appointed Marie-Therse 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.