TWO key Microsoft employees have been lured overseas by opportunities within the company.
Partner group manager Steve Haddock leaves for the UK next month to manage Microsoft’s distributor and system builder group there, while small and mid-sized businesses and partner director Paul Muckleston is set to take up another, as yet unspecified, overseas role with the company.
All Microsoft will say about Muckleston’s new role is that it is a senior international position. More details will be announced in the next few days.
Haddock says the prospect of bigger opportunities on a larger scale attracted him to the new job, based in Reading, west of London.
The group he will head has a turnover larger than that of the New Zealand subsidiary and he will manage over 6,000 system builders.
“It is a totally different set of opportunities and on a different scale. It will be a good challenge and learning curve. I am very excited,” he says.
The move is just a stepping stone in Haddock’s career path and he plans to return to New Zealand in the next four to five years, but not before he has pursued opportunities at other Microsoft offices around the world, including the US.
“The ideal path would be to spend about two years in the UK and then see what opportunities come up for promotion,” he says.
“Going to the US is highly likely before I come home.”
Just in case a suitable job is not available at Microsoft New Zealand when he returns, Haddock is holding on to his address book.
“I hope to keep alive the network of people I know in New Zealand and will be looking for an opportunity before I come back.”
Microsoft managing director Ross Peat says both Muckleston and Haddock will be missed, but he is delighted they are pursuing big opportunities.
He says the new role is a fantastic and challenging opportunity for Haddock.
“I have seen Steve mature, develop and build some great skills over his eight years at Microsoft,” he says.
Haddock joined Microsoft in 1997 and became partner group manager in March 2004.
His previous roles with the company included managing the home and retail division, and working as a business development manager in the telecommunications group and a distributor account manager.
A replacement for Haddock is being sought, while former Pivotal vice president for Australia and New Zealand Helen Robinson takes over from Muckleston.