Rob Bernard is the chief environmental strategist for Microsoft.
Rob Bernard is the chief environmental strategist for Microsoft and is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for the company's environmental efforts.
In this role, he oversees the company's environmental impact at all levels, including working with product groups to create technology innovations in software and hardware that can help enable customers to minimize their impact on the environment, helping accelerate scientific breakthrough on environmental issues, assuring responsible business practices that work to reduce the company's direct and indirect environmental impact, and working with partners in industry, government and non-government to engage on global environmental issues.
Rob has held various positions during his 10-year career at Microsoft. He's served in leadership roles ranging from marketing to business and technical management. In these positions, he has worked with a variety of teams including the Windows group, MSN, and the Information Worker/Office division.
As as senior director of Program Management in Office, Rob's group worked on the project that became the foundation for Microsoft's joint venture with SAP called “Duet,” which enables a firm to view information from throughout its company using Microsoft Office.
As a product unit manager in MSN, Rob was responsible for growing the online shopping platform to handle millions of offers from hundreds of retail partners. And as product planner for Windows Update, he was responsible for designing many of the features and user experience, which were the foundation of the updating technologies in Windows.
Most recently, Rob was general manager for Microsoft's Developer and Platform Evangelism team where he was responsible for Microsoft's relationship with more than 100 of the world's largest and over 100,000 of smaller independent software vendors.
Rob has a deep personal passion around the subject of environmental sustainability and proven leadership skills. Prior to his career at Microsoft, he spent nearly 10 years in the construction and building management industry where he built and managed industrial and office properties.
Rob attended the Wharton School of Business, where he earned his MBA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Columbia University. Rob lives with his family in Seattle.
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