Waldo Kuipers has been appointed corporate affairs manager for Microsoft New Zealand, effective immediately. Kuipers will represent Microsoft on public policy issues such as intellectual property rights, interoperability and standards, privacy, security and internet safety and communications.
“I am looking forward to collaborating with others in the technology industry to foster innovation and economic opportunity. Technology has already had an enormous positive impact on the lives of New Zealanders and on the country’s economy. We believe the ICT industry will continue to play a strong leadership role, including in important public policy discussions, and I’m thrilled to be able to represent Microsoft in that dialogue,” said Kuipers.
According to Paul Muckleston, managing director for Microsoft New Zealand, Kuipers has worked with Microsoft for the last five years and “has deep expertise on a range of public policy issues of interest to Microsoft and the wider ICT industry and has been a respected voice within our leadership team”.
“I’m delighted to see him taking on this new role. It is a testament to his strengths that despite advertising for this role externally we have chosen to recruit internally,” added the MD.
Kuipers previously worked for Microsoft as a legal counsel and, before that, was a solicitor for Chapman Tripp where he specialized in the areas of intellectual property, electronic commerce, marketing, telecommunications, competition law, consumer protection and privacy.