Baxter departs Microsoft partner group

Baxter departs Microsoft partner group

After four years at the heart of Microsoft's local channel, Kerstin Baxter had stepped down as partner group director.

She has been replaced by current small and mid-market solutions and partners director, Pip Marlow, who will manage both roles.

Marlow has been with the software vendor for 11 years, eight of which were spent in the US. Her most recent position was as general manager for the US partner enablement team.

The appointment came into effect on July 1. In a statement, Marlow praised Baxter's leadership position across Microsoft's Australian partner community as well as its strong growth.

"Kerstin is well-respected by her colleagues within Microsoft and well-loved by the partner community and she will no doubt be missed in this role," she said. "I'm really looking forward to continuing to build on the achievements of Kerstin and her team."

Microsoft would not disclose the exact nature of Baxter's new role within the company. Both will attend the vendor's upcoming partner conference in Hamilton Island on August 2-4.

In an email to staff, the vendor also announced Marlow, along with public sector director, Kevin Ackhurst, and commercial enterprise director, Colin Timm, would now report directly to local managing director, Steve Vamos.

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