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April 13, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Microsoft names new head of China operations

Microsoft has named Ralph Haupter, currently area vice president for Microsoft Germany, to head the company’s operations in China.

Haupter, who’s been at Microsoft for seven years, will now become a corporate vice president and CEO for Microsoft’s Greater China Region.

He succeeds Simon Leung, who “has decided to leave Microsoft for personal and family reasons,” the company said in a news release.

Haupter previously served as head of the partner division for Europe, Middle East and Africa and general manager of Microsoft’s Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners Group for Western Europe, and as COO for Microsoft Germany. He has also worked for IBM, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft also named Gordon Frazer, currently managing director for Microsoft U.K., as chief operating officer for the company’s China operations. He will swap roles with Michel van der Bel, former COO for the Greater China Region, who will now become managing director of Microsoft U.K.

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