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Leadership switch for Microsoft’s global One Commercial Partner business

Leadership switch for Microsoft’s global One Commercial Partner business

Ron Huddleston has left on indefinite family leave

Ron Huddleston - CVP of One Commercial Partner, Microsoft

Ron Huddleston - CVP of One Commercial Partner, Microsoft

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Microsoft’s global commercial partner channels and programs corporate vice president, Gavriella Schuster, is stepping in to lead the vendor’s One Commercial Partner (OCP) business, as its current head, Ron Huddleston, steps away.

Reports emerged on 11 December that Huddleston, who came across to Microsoft from Salesforce in mid-2016 and was subsequently named the OCP business’s corporate vice president, was leaving his post on indefinite family leave.

A Microsoft spokesperson has subsequently confirmed that Huddleston is on family leave indefinitely, and that Schuster has taken on his role leading the One Commercial Partner business in an ongoing basis.

Earlier this year, Microsoft outlined the changes that would be wrought following the creation of its One Commercial Partner business, with the vendor bringing together partner-focused teams from across the company into one organisation, under the newly created division.

As reported by ARN, the division -- until now, headed up by Huddleston -- combines partner teams across the company.

Before coming to the role, Huddleston was widely credited with playing a major role in building the AppExchange marketplace at Salesforce, alongside launching the software giant’s cloud-based channel, OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and ISV programs.

Prior to helping create and head up Microsoft’s OCP business, Huddleston held the role of internet of things (IoT) cloud senior vice president at Salesforce, a role he took up after several years as the vendor’s AppExchange senior vice president.

He also spent several years at Oracle, where he held various top-tier roles, including vice president, senior director and director of business development and channels.

In July, during the Microsoft Inspire 2017 event in Washington D.C., Huddleston delved into the channel implications of the new OCP business he helped develop, outlining future opportunities for partners.

“One Commercial Partner harnesses our partner expertise and knowledge – technical, marketing, business development, and programs,” Huddleston said at the time.

“It brings together the things that work so that every partner can benefit, regardless of size, business model, or geography. This organisation is not just partner led, it’s partner first, and it was designed to put our focus on your success and growth.”

Locally, the new business and the structural changes that led to its creation eventually saw Mark Leigh appointed to lead the One Commercial Partner division in Australia. Leigh had spent the better part of the previous two years as Microsoft’s small, midmarket solutions and partners director in Australia. 

A number of other local management changes ensued following the launch of the new division.

The business's new global lead, Schuster, who, it is understood, is stepping in to lead the division on a permanent basis, held the role of worldwide partner programs and marketing general manager for Microsoft until mid-2016, when she took up the commercial partner channels and programs lead.

She has also held the roles of general manager for Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise business, Windows PMG general manager and enterprise services director.


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