Former Microsoft managing director Geoff Lawrie has taken up a new role mentoring Microsoft bosses throughout the Asia Pacific region.
After six years as head of Microsoft New Zealand, Lawrie retired in March this year and took three months off. Now he is back working for Microsoft corporate, based in Auckland, and providing strategic development advice for general managers and managing directors in countries including Japan, India, China, Australia and New Zealand.
The new role will necessitate some travel to Asia, but Lawrie aims to spend no more than 30% of his time out of New Zealand.
Microsoft New Zealand spokesperson Carol Leishman says among other things Lawrie will provide consultation on company structure, recruitment, and staff development.
During Lawrie's tenure as head of Microsoft NZ, the head count tripled and the unit was consistently profitable as it increased its revenue.
Leishman says during that time the company also became streamlined and now runs “very clean inventory”.
The role is unique within Microsoft.