Russell Craig

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National Technology Officer, Microsoft


Russell Craig is Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology Officer (NTO). Based in Wellington, he works with both public and private sector stakeholders on matters related to technology strategy and policy. Russell brings significant public sector and private sector experience to his role. From the mid-1990’s he worked at the State Services Commission where he played a lead role in development and implementation of the New Zealand e-government programme.

Russell also spent 2004 & 2005 working in Paris as part of the OECD’s e Government project. In 2007 Russell joined Cisco Systems. Based in Hong Kong and then London, he worked as a strategic business consultant and trusted advisor to the company’s top public and private sector customers, with a significant focus on cloud-enabled innovation.

In 2014 Russell took up the NTO position at Microsoft – the ideal role to allow him to bring his experience to bear in support of Microsoft’s customers, partners and stakeholders in New Zealand. In this role, Russell focuses upon helping customers understand and realise the broad transformational opportunities enabled by Microsoft’s cloud platform as well as working with policy makers and regulators requiring assurance about cloud services.