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Microsoft’s head of Partner programs leaves the company

According to a report from ZDNet, Ron Huddleston, the CVP of One Commercial Partner organization at Microsoft, has left the company. Previously holding positions at Salesforce and Oracle, he joined Microsoft in mid-2016 and is apparently going on an indefinite family leave, with no clear word if he will be returning to Microsoft.

The news comes in the months after Microsoft reorganized their sales division, which the One Commercial Partner Organization is a part of. Taking over in Ron Huddleston’s place will be Gavriella Schuster, who was previously in charge of the Global management of Microsoft’s partner recruitment from May 2014 to June 2016.

Schuster is well seated at Microsoft, being with the company since 1995, and currently listed as the Corporate Vice President of Commercial Partner Channels & Programs. Some may recall Schuster from a keynote at Ignite, and her other work with Windows, Cloud & Enterprise and partner organizations.

According to his LinkedIn Profile, Ron Huddleston previously worked with Salesforce and Oracle. At Salesforce he was the Senior Vice President of IoT Cloud, and he held multiple positions at Oracle.
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