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October 1, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Microsoft appoints longtime company exec to head its Canada operations

Janet Kennedy (Photo from Microsoft)

Janet Kennedy (Photo from Microsoft)

Microsoft has appointed longtime company executive Janet Kennedy as president of Microsoft Canada.

There’s apparently been a bit of churn at the top at Microsoft Canada, with Kennedy the fourth president since 2009. She succeeds Max Long, who is leaving the position as of Sept. 30 for family reasons, according to a CDN report.

The transition will happen immediately, the company said in a news release, and Kennedy’s move from Chicago to Canada “will happen quickly, as relocation details are finalized.”

Kennedy, who joined Microsoft in 2002, most recently served as a regional vice president for enterprise customers first in the U.S. West region and then the U.S. Central region. She grew the business by more than $1 billion to over $3 billion and “has been instrumental in leading the transformation to the cloud with some of the largest and earliest customers on Office 365,” according to Microsoft’s news release.

Before joining Microsoft, Kennedy spent 19 years with IBM as an executive for the company’s distribution industry and supply chain solutions. She received a degree in Industrial Management/Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in W. Lafayette, Indiana, and an MBA from McColl School of Business, Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.

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