Brett Roberts to leave Microsoft

Shifting of national technology officer role to Wellington prompts decision

Microsoft national technology officer Brett Roberts is to leave Microsoft, where he has worked for 12 years, at the end of January.

According to the National Business Review, he is leaving because his job has been transferred to Wellington, but he wants to remain based in Auckland.

As national chief technology officer, he often travelled to Wellington to work on the vendor’s relations with government clients.

Roberts began his career as an avionics engineer, before working as an analyst-programmer for the then-Clear Communications in 1993. He then worked for Spectrum Software for four years, before joining Microsoft in 1997 as OEM manager.

After five years in that role, he became platform strategy manager, then chief technology officer, then director of innovation, before taking up the national technology officer role in April 2008.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has restructured its New Zealand operation, with some positions being removed but others created.

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