Today, as part of the 4th Annual Virtual Government Summit, Microsoft announced the appointment of Michael Donlan to vice president of the company’s state and local government business. In this new role, Donlan will help U.S. state and local government organizations move into a new era of citizen services as they maximize the capabilities of technology investments, reduce overall costs, and boost productivity .

Donlan brings extensive experience in both technology and government to this new role, previously serving as general manager of government, national security & technology for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector. He has also served as general manager of Microsoft Public Sector Asia, where he led teams focused on technology, sales, marketing, and programs. Before joining Microsoft in 2003 as the national technology officer for the United States, Donlan was managing director of managed services at BearingPoint and managing technologist for Oracle Corporation’s government, education and healthcare sector.

“State and local governments are constantly being asked to do new things with less resources, and that puts them on the front lines of using technology to drive innovation. Those new things also have to be better and more efficient as citizens and government employees expect increasingly higher levels of service. State and local government leaders need to drive both cost savings and innovation that will allow them to be well-positioned now, but also in the future, as technology, policy and expectations continue to change,” said Donlan. “It is an exciting and challenging time for government, and I look forward to partnering with our state and local government customers to impact and improve the missions they commit to every day.”

Donlan is a recognized leader around cloud computing for the public sector and frequently speaks at industry events. He currently serves on the executive advisory board for the Computer Information Systems program at James Madison University’s College of Business. Donlan holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from James Madison University.

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