Craig Shank, Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft International
Craig Shank is the Vice President for Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs team for Microsoft International, leading Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs teams in Europe, Middle East, Africa, India, Asia Pacific, Japan and Latin America. Based in Paris and with teams worldwide, he is responsible for Microsoft’s legal work and for government, industry and community affairs activities across these markets.
Since joining Microsoft in 2003, Craig has held General Manager roles in both its Legal and Corporate Affairs group and the Windows product organization. Most recently, Craig led a team responsible for supporting Microsoft’s international government affairs, and before that led the teams driving Microsoft’s corporate interoperability and standards work worldwide. Over the years, Craig’s teams have also been responsible for key community relationships such as the company’s open source project hosting website CodePlex, open source interoperability labs, and interoperability-related intellectual property licensing, including a ground-breaking interoperability license between Microsoft and the Samba team.
Before joining Microsoft, Craig held business development, finance and operations executive roles for two years at Lineo, a venture-backed embedded Linux developer with teams in Japan, France, Australia, Canada and the U.S. Prior to Lineo, Craig held executive business development and general counsel roles at NetManage and Wall Data, both NASDAQ listed software companies and leaders in cross-platform interoperability for enterprise systems, connecting users and applications on Windows, IBM mainframe and Unix systems. Before that, Craig was a partner in the technology practice at Perkins Coie, the Northwest’s largest law firm.
Craig graduated from Harvard College (1982) and Georgetown University Law Center (1986). In his spare time, Craig sails, skis and tries to keep up with his wife and their two children.