Thank you for 12 amazing years Microsoft
I joined Microsoft 12 years ago hoping I could make an impact in Life Sciences. At that time the stock was $28 a share and many people questioned why Microsoft and had no idea Microsoft had a focus in healthcare. I held every industry and partner role as an individual contributor and as a manager, then a director. I eventually rose thru the ranks and landed in the role which I currently hold as the National Director of Health & Life Science industry team for the US for the past 6 years.
I have lived through so many iterations of health, industry and many reorgs at Microsoft. Through it all I never lost hope that this was the company that could do it, truly make an impact in health & Life Sciences. I always believed Microsoft had all the assets and capabilities to make a difference in this market. I saw it and kept pushing, dreaming and building.
Today the stock is over $200 share. Microsoft’s health business has grown four times over since I started. I can honestly say I know the vision I had that was influenced by so many of my coworkers and our customers has come to reality. I was one of few constants in the US market that drove us to where we are today in the services we offer, the way we go to market, the partnerships we formed and the customers business outcomes we drove to make a difference in health. I am so proud of the customers and patients we helped and impact it had on Microsoft. I am particularly proud of the team I built and the difference we have made in the health and life sciences. I am better for knowing each and every one of them. Together we built a best practice on running an industry vertical at one of the largest tech companies in the world.
In everyone’s journey, there comes a point in time where you want more. You get too comfortable. You need new experiences to grow personally and professionally and meet your lifelong goals. That time for me is now. I am leaving to pursue an opportunity outside of the company. Today is my last day at Microsoft.
12 years must be my lucky number. I spent 12 years at Merck, 12 years and Microsoft and now it’s time for the next chapter.
I discovered the real me at Microsoft. I was my true authentic self and was very successful in following my passions, building this market and making shit happen. I flourished in the culture and transformation of this company that was led by arguably one of the best CEOs of all time. I will forever be thankful to the leaders, friends and colleagues who have worked with me, taught me, inspired me and mentored me in this journey. I never cease to be amazed at how many smart thoughtful people there are at this company. I am humbled and honored to have been a part of it all.
Full of gratitude and appreciation I go forward to next chapter excited, inspired and ready to #msh
What’s next? Well now you will have to wait for next weeks blog to learn more about that….
September 16, 2020 at 10:03 am
Andrea I know you will continue to be successful no matter where you are employed and they are lucky to have you. Best wishes in your new gig and we will be cheering you on from the sidelines as always.
September 16, 2020 at 11:59 am
Congrats and good luck!!
September 16, 2020 at 11:54 pm
Wow….great seeing this is writing as I lived through much of it with you and was always so proud to say I was part of Andrea’s team. At Microsoft that was both a brand and a calling card for success. It was followed inevitably with “Oh in that case lets get going” and almost always with “you are very lucky to work with her.” Both were true. Having lived even a slight bit more of the history of industry at Microsoft I can attest that leadership is everything. The transformation outlined above WAS because of Andrea’s talent, perseverance and passion for her team and our mission; all of which will we will miss greatly. We will continue to #MSH following the example and guidance she taught us and we know in everything you do, Andrea you will #MSH.
September 17, 2020 at 7:35 pm
You’ve been an inspiration to me since joining MSFT 3 + years now! I’ll miss the fun times and memories made. You’ll do great in whatever you do! Thank you for your friendship and making me feel welcome as a “newbie” to MSFT. Seek new things and THRIVE!! I look forward to the great things that lie ahead!