Microsoft’s One Commercial Partner NZ head, Sarah Bowden, crossing ditch to direct the company’s Digital Sales

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Cat Mules

The position is open to new contenders, with the long-standing One Commercial Partner lead stepping away.

Sarah Bowden is leaving her current position as Director of One Commercial Partner of Microsoft’s New Zealand arm, to take on a role as Digital Sales Director within its Australian business.

Bowden has worked at Microsoft New Zealand for a decade. Initially joining the company as an account manager, she stepped up to lead the One Commercial Partner division in 2019.

Bowden has been instrumental in establishing the company’s partner strategy, championing its more than 2500 technology companies developing and selling in both local and international markets.

In a company statement released on 30th April,  Microsoft New Zealand’s Managing Director Vanessa Sorenson acknowledged the significant role Bowden had played in the business.

“Throughout her career with Microsoft, Sarah’s shown limitless energy, leadership and support to our customers and partners, as well as our team,” Vanessa said.

“Just in the past five years, she’s helped so many small and medium businesses transform into digital organisations and see major growth, as well as becoming a champion of local innovation.”

Digital sales is an area of interest to Bowden and she expects it to grow and become a critical engine for Microsoft, as the global software company transitions to new ways of connecting with customers.

“I’m looking forward to working in such an exciting space, developing new relationships and expanding my network,” Bowden said.

Bowden will begin her new role on 1 June. Recruitment for a replacement is now underway.

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