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Chief Research and Strategy Officer
Craig Mundie was named to the new position of chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft in June 2006. He is working closely with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates to assume responsibility for the company’s research and incubation efforts – in anticipation of Gates’ departure from a day-to-day role in Microsoft in July 2008. Mundie also partners with General Counsel Brad Smith to guide Microsoft’s intellectual property and technology policy efforts.
Mundie previously held the position of Microsoft chief technical officer of advanced strategies and policy, in which he worked with Gates to develop comprehensive technical, business and policy strategies for Microsoft on a global scale. In addition, he worked with government and business leaders in Washington, D.C., and across the globe to address the technology and policy issues of security, privacy, telecommunications regulation, intellectual property and software procurement standards.
Mundie joined Microsoft in 1992 to create and run the Consumer Platforms Division, which was responsible for developing non-PC platform and service offerings such as the Windows CE operating system, software for the handheld, Pocket and Auto PCs, and early telephony products. Mundie also started Microsoft's digital TV efforts and acquired and managed the WebTV Networks Inc. subsidiary. Mundie is also the original champion of the Trustworthy Computing Initiative at Microsoft that profoundly impacted Microsoft's software development strategy.
In August 2000, U.S. President Bill Clinton named Mundie to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, which advises White House staff on issues affecting the security of the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure. In April 2002, Mundie joined the Task Force on National Security in the Information Age to help develop a strategy for using new technologies and information to address new security challenges. Since February 2002, Mundie has served on the Council on Foreign Relations Inc., a nonpartisan membership organization, research center and publisher dedicated to increasing Americas understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy.
Mundie is also a trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and is on the advisory board of the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).
Mundie started his career at Systems Equipment Corporation (SEC), where he developed SECOS, the first commercially available operating system for the Data General NOVA. Mundie then started work on a data-management system for the NOVA, which he continued after SEC was acquired by Data General. This led to the release of Data General’s INFOS database. Mundie next worked at Data General’s new advanced development facility in Research Triangle Park, N.C., subsequently succeeding Ronald Gruner as director of the facility. In 1982, Mundie, Gruner and Rich McAndrew co-founded Alliant Computer Systems, a company that developed massively parallel supercomputers. Mundie held a variety of positions at Alliant before taking over from Gruner as CEO. Alliant shut down in 1992, and Mundie joined Microsoft.
Mundie holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in information theory and computer science from Georgia Tech.