Mr ORLANDO AYALA
Corporate Vice President,
Chairman Emerging Markets, Chief Advisor to the COO, Microsoft
Chairman of the GILF-11
Ayala is a corporate vice president, chairman of emerging markets, and chief
advisor to Microsoft's chief operating officer (COO).
of emerging markets, Ayala is dedicated to helping federal, provincial and local
governments develop the infrastructure, educational programs and human resource
capability to turn their particular capabilities into a competitive advantage on
an international scale. By partnering with leading technology partners,
multilateral organizations and non-governmental organizations, Ayala's
highly-focused group aims to use technology as a supporting player in
initiatives designed to advance the national agenda, whether in education,
health, citizen services, citizen safety or academic and industry research.
Focused on results-driven programs that seek to optimize positive impact, time
to market and constrained resources, Ayala's projects frequently highlight
mixed-source environments and interoperability, recognizing the realities that
our customers and partners face. His goal is to improve access to technology and
education that will offer new ways for individuals, communities and entire
countries to realize their potential in the coming years.
serves as chief advisor to the chief operating officer, Kevin Turner. In this
function Ayala works with a select number of corporate groups and subsidiaries
each year, ensuring the needs of small, yet high-growth subsidiaries are
represented and considered in the course of decision-making at corporate
headquarters. At the same time, Ayala's work in this capacity helps evangelize
corporate initiatives and culture across the smaller subsidiaries worldwide.
moving to these areas, Ayala co-led Microsoft's Unlimited Potential Group. This
group was charged with spearheading efforts to close the digital divide by
creating new products and programs to help bring social and economic opportunity
to the estimated 5 billion people not yet realizing the benefits of technology.
Through the expansion of Microsoft Unlimited Potential, the company has renewed
and accelerated its long-term commitment to use technology, training, and
partnerships to transform education, foster local innovation, and enable jobs
and opportunities to sustain a continuous cycle of social and economic growth
Colombia, South America, Ayala earned a bachelor's degree in management
information systems before joining NCR in 1981. While there he held
international assignments, including sales manager for Mexico, ultimately
becoming product and sales manager for Africa, Latin America and the Middle
Microsoft in 1991 as the senior director of the Latin America region, growing
the region from four to nine subsidiaries with a 90 percent increase in revenue
over four years. Intercontinental revenue similarly doubled to more than $1
billion when he took on the role of senior vice president of that region. During
this period, Ayala opened 33 Microsoft subsidiaries around the world, working
with each to establish local needs, goals, and presence. Subsequent roles
included senior vice president for the South Pacific and Americas region and
group vice president of the worldwide Sales, Marketing and Services Group. In
the latter position, he led the worldwide strategies, policies and programs that
integrate the activities of Microsoft's diverse sales and service partners with
the needs of Microsoft customers.
the senior vice president of the Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partner Group,
Ayala led Microsoft's strategic focus on the rapidly growing market of small and
midsize businesses, as well as the extensive channel of sales and services
partners. Simultaneously he agreed to take on a unique dual role at Microsoft by
serving as the chief operating officer of Microsoft Dynamics, where he was
responsible for driving a consistent marketing and services strategy for
Microsoft's then-nascent business solutions division.