Musical chairs at Microsoft New Zealand

It's all change at the top of Microsoft New Zealand as managing director Geoff Lawrie steps down and marketing manager Ross Peat takes over the big chair.

It's all change at the top of Microsoft New Zealand as managing director Geoff Lawrie steps down and marketing manager Ross Peat takes over the big chair.

Lawrie isn't going for long, though. After a three month holiday he will return to Microsoft New Zealand in a consulting role.

Lawrie took over the reins of Microsoft New Zealand after the launch of Windows 95. The previous managing director, Greg Cross, went on to run software developer Advantage Group until last year.

Peat has spent the past 10 years with Microsoft and before that was with IBM for nine years. A qualified teacher with a science degree, Peat is heavily involved with Microsoft's community activities and oversees the Microsoft Foundation Software Donation programme in New Zealand.

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