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Microsoft Names Kevin Johnson Group VP for Sales

Kevin Johnson took over the job of group vice president for Microsoft's worldwide sales, marketing and services group, Microsoft said Tuesday.

Johnson, an 11-year veteran at Microsoft, fills in the post left open by Orlando Ayala, who recently stepped into the newly created position of group vice president of Microsoft's worldwide small and mid-market solutions and partners group.

Johnson remains on the Microsoft Business Leadership Team and will report to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. He will have responsibility for all Microsoft salespeople worldwide and manage Microsoft's marketing and services initiatives, customer and partner programs and product support and consulting services.

Johnson's previous position was senior vice president of Microsoft Americas. According to Microsoft, his main contribution there was an effort to align the company's U.S., Canada and Latin America sales teams around 12 key vertical markets.

"We've worked hard to implement this approach in the Americas region, and I look forward to the opportunity to build on this vision so it benefits our global customer base," Johnson said in a statement.

He has also been vice president of Microsoft product support services and, before that, general manager of Microsoft's enterprise services.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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