Philippe Rogge is Area Vice President of Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), where he leads Microsoft’s business across a diverse region of 33 countries spanning 13 time zones. Philippe reports to Michel Van der Bel, President of Microsoft EMEA. Prior to assuming leadership of Microsoft CEE, Philippe served as Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft China for three years, where he led the sales, marketing and services organization to achieve significant business growth while building organizational capabilities during a critical period of transformation to cloud services and solutions. Philippe joined Microsoft in July 2010 as Enterprise and Partner Group Director and served as General Manager for Belgium and Luxembourg and led Microsoft Portugal on an interim basis during the second half of 2012. Technology and its impact across industries has been a recurring theme throughout Philippe’s career. Prior to joining Microsoft, Philippe was COO at Option NV, a Belgian technology pioneer best known as the first modern 3G wireless OEM. In a very challenging and competitive environment, he developed a new business strategy at Option with a strong focus on software and verticals, which was instrumental in putting the company back on track. The strategy also included significant restructuring and refinancing. Philippe started his career as an IT developer and project manager at Esso. He became an internal auditor, a branch of which he was asked to start up at his next employer Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), a holding company active in logistics, banking and insurance. As Finance Manager at CMB, he managed varying fields such as M&A and ship financing, and oversaw the group’s IT & telecommunications functions. During his eight years at Belgacom, Philippe was responsible for several sectors ranging from M&A to Regulatory Affairs to Group Communications during its IPO to Wholesale. As VP of the Business Development and Strategy Enterprise, he launched several innovative business models in adjacent-to-core markets. Philippe graduated from the University of Gent with a degree in applied economics and holds a master’s degree in management from the Vlerick School of Management. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD. Philippe has pursued an international sailing career, ranking in the top 10 worldwide. He more recently served as Chef de Mission of the Belgian Olympic Team leading up to the 2008 Beijing Games and is currently VP of the Belgian Olympic Committee. Philippe and his wife have two children.