Microsoft's new tech officer to challenge perceptions

Microsoft has a new National Technology Officer, replacing 12-year veteran Brett Roberts. Mark Rees’ appointment sees the role shifting to Wellington and the focus of the role shifting to government. Rees is on a mission to change perceptions of the company.

You replace Brett Roberts who was a well-known character in New Zealand ICT. How will your approach differ from his?

I think Brett did a great job and I enjoyed working with him. The key difference between our approaches is that I am based in Wellington and it is easier for me to engage with government, to participate in the various forums and interact with decision makers.

How would you describe your personal style?

I spent the early part of my career studying and researching chemistry. This has given me a passion for ideas and it means I take a considered and evidence-based approach to issues.

What are your priorities and goals for the new position and how are these different from in the past?

One of the central goals of my position will be challenging some of the longstanding perceptions of Microsoft. A lot of these are more based on the Microsoft of 1997, than the Microsoft of 2010. The company and its approach have changed a lot in that 13-year period.

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