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A correction… and a even bigger congratulations to Microsoft’s Teresa Carlson

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Over the weekend, I posted about Microsoft promotions. Unfortunately, I had heard word about Teresa Carlson’s promotion and the… well, I just got it wrong. (And no, I’m not linking to an incorrect item. Well, OK. You can read the incorrect item here. In the interest of transparency, I have not deleted it. Instead, I have made it clear that I was in error and I have directed people to this post, which is correct. As I mention there, I didn’t have a formal DorobekInsider correction policy — how would I deal with mistakes when we make them — because we will make them. I will have one and I will post it by the end of the week.)

That being said, a very big congratulations to Teresa Carlson.

In fact, Carlson is going to lead all of Microsoft’s federal government business. She replaces Curt Kolcun, who was promoted in July to be vice president of Microsoft federal’s parent division, Microsoft’s Public Sector business group.

Here is the real release — dated today, I might add.

Microsoft Promotes Carlson to Lead Federal Government Business

Moves to V.P. Position after Managing Company’s Civilian Government Sector

Washington, D.C. – October 14, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. announced today that the company has promoted Teresa Carlson to Vice President for its U.S. federal government business. In this role, Carlson is responsible for all of Microsoft’s business focused on the U.S. federal government, including sales, contracting, pre-sales technical support, consulting services, and customer satisfaction. Carlson replaces Curt Kolcun, who was recently promoted to manage Microsoft’s entire U.S. Public Sector division, which in addition to the federal government, includes responsibilities for state and local government, as well as higher education and K-12 markets.

Carlson joined the company in 2002 as part of Microsoft Federal to start up and manage its Business Productivity unit. In that role, she led a team focused on delivering customer business value through a portfolio of business scenarios. She then was promoted to lead the U.S. Federal Solutions Unit where she created a comprehensive solutions framework that was introduced into the U.S. federal market place. Teresa was also responsible for Microsoft’s U.S. Federal partner channel, which consists of more than 2,500 Microsoft business partners.

In July 2005 Carlson became Microsoft Federal’s U.S. Director of Strategy and Operations, where she assisted in running the overall Federal business, in addition to developing new concepts, methods and strategies for working in the U.S. federal market. In 2006 she assumed responsibility for Microsoft’s U.S. Federal Civilian Agencies and International Global Organizations (IGOs) business. In this role, Carlson was responsible for sales, contracting, pre-sales technical support, customer satisfaction and performance.

Before joining Microsoft, Carlson was the Worldwide Vice President for marketing and business development for Lexign Inc., formerly Keyfile Corp., a software company focused on secure, end-to-end business transactions using XML and other technologies. Upon acquisition of three separate companies by Lexign, Carlson was responsible for the overall strategy, integration world-wide launch of the newly merged company.

Carlson is a native of Kentucky and holds an undergraduate as well as an M.S. degree in Communications, Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University. Carlson currently serves on the boards of the Bethesda, Md., chapter of AFCEA; AFFIRM; the American Red Cross; TIE-DC, and NPower.

I will reiterate what I said in the earlier post:

Carlson leads Microsoft’s strong federal team — a group of people who are passionate about helping the government accomplish it’s mission. Yes, they are also interested in helping Microsoft be successful, but…

I know Carlson fairly well. She has been a powerful force in helping the government establish the Federal Core Desktop Configuration. (Read Microsoft’s info about the FCDC here.) That is a case where the FCDC may have helped Microsoft, but… it is also an important piece of securing agency PCs… and it is a key part of the Bush administration’s stepped-up cyber-security initiative. It ends up that she did not win a Fed 100 award for her efforts — Shelly Bird, chief architect at Microsoft Consulting Services did, and, from what I have heard, deservedly so. But I have also had insiders tell me that this initiative never would have come to fruition without Carlson’s energy and efforts.

I think FCDC is an example where both government and industry can work together. It doesn’t always work out that ways, right?

Congratulations to Carlson. This is well deserved.

Written by cdorobek

October 14, 2008 at 8:23 AM

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  1. […] with one comment Editor’s note: This post was… well, it was not correct. (You know, you can point these things out, right?) I had heard about Teresa Carlson’s promotion, but I couldn’t find the information out there. When I did, it was a link to information dated October 2007. So technically it was accurate, just not accurate for the time. In fact, Carlson has been promoted to lead Microsoft Federal. You can read about that here. […]

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