Speaker Bios

Ron Markezich

Ron Markezich

Corporate Vice President, Office Services Marketing, Microsoft

Ron Markezich is a corporate vice president in the Office 365 commercial marketing organization. His team is responsible for commercial go-to-market for the company's productivity portfolio, which includes Microsoft Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype, Skype for Business, OneDrive, Yammer & Microsoft Teams, in addition to running Office 365 deployment and usage programs.

He previously served as corporate vice president of Microsoft's U.S. Enterprise and Partner Group, where he led U.S. enterprise sales and marketing, including national and field sales, partner, marketing, operations and vertical industry teams and was responsible for $7B of annual revenue growing at >10% per year and increasing Contribution Margin faster than revenue growth.

Markezich joined Microsoft in 1998. Before that, he was at Accenture in the company's Electronics and High Tech Group. Markezich is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he was an All-American cross-country runner and captain of the track and field team.

Gail Thomas

Gail Thomas

Vice President, U.S. Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation

As vice president of U.S. Public Sector at Microsoft, Gail Thomas is responsible for leading a team of sales professionals serving federal, state and local governments, and education customers and partners across the United States.

Prior to this role, Thomas led Microsoft’s West Region Enterprise Business, and was responsible for working with Microsoft’s largest Enterprise customers in the Western United States to deliver technology solutions that empower their organizations and achieve business transformation.

Thomas also led Microsoft’s US State and Local Government Team for 6 years. In this capacity, Thomas and her team worked with customers and partners to deliver government technology solutions that enabled States and Local government entities realize value and meet the challenges of 21st century governing. Thomas’ team was responsible for delivering programs and solutions in the US marketplace including a broad variety of E-Government, Security and Privacy initiatives. Thomas played a key role in Microsoft US Citizenship efforts with initiatives such as Elevate America, a program for workforce development and a key partnership with State governments across the US.

A 20 year Microsoft employee, Thomas has held a number of senior leadership roles as Chief of Staff for Worldwide Sales and Marketing; and GM Enterprise Sales and GM for the Consumer, Small and Medium Business Sales Groups for Microsoft Canada.

Prior to Microsoft, Gail held positions with Lotus Development and Western Digital Corporation in sales capacities.

Tom Keane

Amy Hood

General Manager, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Corporation

Tom is a General Manager in the Azure Engineering team, responsible for Azure’s cloud infrastructure around the world, including the design, deployment, availability, resiliency, devops, security, cyber, privacy, compliance and global expansion of Azure

Tom’s team has made Azure the global presence leader, and is responsible for the design, build and launch of all new regions of Azure and has led these efforts in Australia, Japan, India, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and regions for the US Government and US Department of Defense. Tom is responsible for Azure's architecture to address local law, policy or customer sentiment, as well as Azure's architecture of the datacenter to support higher availability, greater efficiency and lower cost.

In the areas of security, cyber, privacy and compliance, Tom has led Azure to the industry leadership position allowing major segments of customers to move to cloud including customers in Government, Defense, Health Care and Financial Services including over 85% of the world’s largest “Too Big to Fail” Financial Institutions. Tom is leading Microsoft’s incubation in Blockchain and distributed ledger.

Since joining Microsoft in 2001, Tom has held a variety of engineering leadership roles. Tom was one of the founding members of the Office 365 engineering team, shipping the first version of Office 365 and leading this service to more than 80,000 customers and 110 million end users and expanding Office 365 to over 40 countries. In this role, Tom also built the management fabric, hyperscale systems and infrastructure that are the foundation of Microsoft services platform globally as well as the user experience framework of Office 365.

Tom is the inventor of over 10 patents covering hyperscale computing, infrastructure operations, user experience and distributed systems.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Tom worked as a developer for an international consulting company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of South Australia and lives in Seattle with his wife, Dr. Lara Wagner, and their son (Charlie, 3 years old) and daughter (Sloane, 7 months).

Mark Russinovich

Mark Russinovich

Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Corporation

Mark Russinovich is Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s global enterprise-grade cloud platform. A widely recognized expert in distributed systems and operating systems, Mark earned a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He later co-founded Winternals Software, joining Microsoft in 2006 when the company was acquired. Today he remains the primary author of the Sysinternals tools and website, which include dozens of popular Windows administration and diagnostic utilities. Mark is a popular speaker at industry conferences such as IPExpo, Microsoft Ignite and Build, and RSA Conference. He has also authored several nonfiction and fiction books, including the Microsoft Press Windows Internals book series, as well as fictional cyber security thrillers Zero Day, Trojan Horse and Rogue Code.

James Phillips

James Phillips

Corporate Vice President, Business Applications Group, Microsoft Corporation

James Phillips is a Microsoft corporate vice president and leader of the company’s Business Applications Group – a product development organization with over 5,000 team members spanning the globe.

His teams build and operate Microsoft’s SaaS, aPaaS and developer PaaS services, including Dynamics 365, Stream, the Power aPaaS platform (Power BI, PowerApps, Flow, Common Data Service), and a wide range of Azure services including AppService, Functions, LogicApps, API Management and Media Services.

Phillips joined Microsoft in 2012 as a strategy advisor to Satya Nadella, then president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Phillips was founder and CEO of multiple software companies; held engineering, product management, corporate development and marketing leadership roles at Intel, VMware and Synopsys; and spent two years as a technology investment banker with UBS PaineWebber advising public and private software companies on M&A strategy and execution.

He holds a BS in Mathematics and earned his MBA, with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.