Former local Microsoft partner group manager Steve Haddock is returning to the New Zealand subsidiary after spending five years with the vendor offshore.
He became the local partner manager in 2004 and left for the UK the following year to become system builder and distribution manager, based in London. He then progressed to become partner group manager at the UK subsidiary.
After three years there Haddock was recruited as the vendor’s Singapore regional small business and distribution director for two years.
He will take up the local server and tools business manager role next month.
Haddock says he hadn’t initially intended to work for Microsoft overseas, but after four years with the company in New Zealand he saw opportunities to take offshore positions.
He wanted to make the move overseas while his children were young, and part of the reason for returning home was to find good secondary schools for them. He also wanted to return to a marketing role after being focused on sales for the past few years.
“Coming back to the server and tools role is the best landing point I could get because I’ve had a desire to get back into a marketing role. I think one thing that is important for our success is having a good handle on our partners and customers. That’s still very fresh in my mind after the Singapore and UK roles.”
Haddock is the second high-profile Microsoft staffer to return from a stint overseas with the software giant – former mid-sized businesses and partner director Paul Muckleston came back from Germany last July to take up the local business, marketing and operations director role.