Carlson to lead Microsoft's federal government business

Teresa Carlson was appointed vice president of Microsoft's U.S. federal government business. In that role, she will oversee sales, contracting, pre-sales technical support, consulting services and customer satisfaction.

Carlson replaces Curt Kolcun, who was recently promoted to manage Microsoft's U.S. Public Sector division, which encompasses federal, state and local government, and the higher education and K-12 markets.

Carlson had managed Microsoft's U.S. Federal Civilian Agencies and International Global Organizations business since 2006. From 2005 to 2006, she was Microsoft Federal's U.S. director of strategy and operations, where she assisted in running the overall federal business developing new concepts, methods and strategies for the U.S. federal market.

Carlson joined Microsoft Federal in 2002 to help launch and manage its business productivity unit, leading a team focused on delivering value through a portfolio of business scenarios. She was later promoted to lead the U.S. Federal Solutions Unit, where she created a solutions framework that was introduced into the U.S. federal marketplace. She was also responsible for Microsoft's U.S. Federal partner channel, which consists of more than 2,500 business partners.

Before joining Microsoft, Carlson was worldwide vice president of marketing and business development at Lexign Inc., formerly Keyfile Corp., a software company focused on secure business transactions using Extensible Markup Language and other technologies. She managed the overall strategy, integration and worldwide launch of the merged company after it acquired three companies.

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