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Microsoft’s New Channel Chief Rodney Clark: 6 Things You Need To Know

‘I would want the ecosystem to know that not only are they getting a familiar face, they’re getting someone who’s been in the ecosystem for a while, and then they’re getting somebody who’s genuinely excited about this destination role and dream job,’ Clark tells CRN.

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For Rodney Clark, becoming Microsoft’s newest channel chief – his “destination role” – is the culmination of a decade in career planning.

“The last 10 years of my career development plan at Microsoft, I’ve had this role front and center,” Clark, a 23-year Microsoft veteran, told CRN in an exclusive interview. “I would want the ecosystem to know that not only are they getting a familiar face, they’re getting someone who’s been in the ecosystem for a while, and then they’re getting somebody who’s genuinely excited about this destination role and dream job.”

Microsoft today announced that Clark, who’s served as corporate vice president of IoT and mixed reality sales for the last eight months, will take the channel chief position effective April 1, when he becomes corporate vice president of global channel sales. He will replace Gavriella Schuster, who’s leaving the position after five years to focus on business development and furthering the cause of diversity and inclusion, according to the company.

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“I’ve always thought about the ecosystem and the role that partners play in Microsoft’s success and in our customers’ success,” Clark said. “We’re helping economies transform through our partners, we’re helping companies transform through our partners -- while we’re also helping them. By virtue of being involved and engaged in this ecosystem, I’ve always felt that there was a broader role that I can play to help enable that. And I’ve always seen myself and envisioned myself in this role, where I can be that face of Microsoft to the channel and help continue to drive transformation.”

Here are six interesting things to know about the new Microsoft channel chief.

 
 
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