Microsoft Canada Development Centre Appoints Parminder Singh as Managing Director

    Seasoned veteran brings more than 22 years experience in building,
    operating and managing international businesses

    RICHMOND, BC, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - Microsoft Corp. today announced the
appointment of Parminder Singh to the role of Managing Director of the new
Microsoft Canada Development Centre (MCDC) in Richmond, BC. Mr. Singh brings
more than 22 years of professional experience in building, operating and
managing international businesses around the world.
    "As a Canadian, the chance to lead the Microsoft Canada Development
Centre is a rare and exciting opportunity," said Parminder Singh, Managing
Director, Microsoft Canada Development Centre. "There is tremendous potential
for this centre's developers to make important contributions to Microsoft
software. The work that will be done at the MCDC will be foundational in
nature; developers will be working on a variety of Microsoft products. In some
cases they will build enhancements for existing Microsoft software, in other
instances they will create something entirely new. This is very highly skilled
development work being done by some of the world's most accomplished
    Microsoft chose to locate the Microsoft Development Centre in the Greater
Vancouver Area because the region is a global gateway with international
reach, is consistently ranked among the top cities in the world in which to
live and work, boasts a burgeoning technology sector and is a diverse,
multi-cultural community. The Greater Vancouver Area is also a short commute
to Microsoft's Redmond, WA headquarters.
    "Locating the development centre in Richmond will have tremendous benefit
for the Metro Vancouver area," said Andrew Nazareth, the City of Richmond's
General Manager, Business and Financial Services. "Richmond is a major centre
for software. Bringing skilled developers from around the world to Canada
complements the talent we already have and builds a more competitive industry,
further strengthening our national economy."
    "The work that will be done at the Microsoft Canada Development Centre
will not only contribute to Microsoft software," said Phil Sorgen, President,
Microsoft Canada Co. "The MCDC will benefit all of Canada by attracting
highly-skilled developers from around the world to our country, building our
skilled workforce and making us more competitive as a nation."
    Prior to joining the Microsoft Canada Development Centre, Mr. Singh was
the founder and CEO of Evenio Media, where he was responsible for the
company's core software design and the development of an award winning
multimedia publishing platform. Mr. Singh gained extensive experience with
sales, marketing and business development when he served as the Vice President
of World Wide Market Development of Ensequence's Interactive Television
publishing platform.
    Early in his career, Mr. Singh spent four years with Microsoft, operating
as the Director of Business Development for Xbox. For Xbox, Mr. Singh provided
strategic counsel to develop strategies and lead negotiations with major
manufacturing and content partners. He also served as the General Manager for
Xbox in Japan. Mr. Singh has held executive positions at companies in Canada
and US including: Telesat Canada, Motorola, Teledesic, FreeInternet Networks,
and 5th Link Software. Additionally, he has consulted for numerous companies
including: Boeing, Acer, ATT, Flextronics, Wistron, Hughes Aircraft Company,
Space Systems/Loral, Nortel, and Bell Northern Research.
    "Microsoft is committed to hiring the best and the brightest employees
around the world and in every market we work in," said Lisa Brummel, Senior
Vice President, Human Resources, Microsoft Corp. "Under Parminder's
leadership, Microsoft will be able to create a development centre to house
some of the most accomplished young tech minds from Canada and from around the
    The Microsoft Canada Development Centre will operate as one of a handful
of development centres outside the company's Redmond, Wash., headquarters.
Other development centres are located in North Carolina, Ireland, Denmark and
Israel. In addition, the company houses full research and development centres
in the United Kingdom, India, China and Silicon Valley.
    The facility is currently under construction and is welcoming global
development talent. An official grand opening will take place in Spring 2008.

    About Microsoft Canada

    Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq "MSFT"), the worldwide leader in software, services
and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. Microsoft
Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support
services in both French and English. Microsoft Canada is headquartered in
Mississauga, Ontario, with MSN.CA offices located in Toronto and eight
regional offices across the country. The company supports local communities
across Canada by creating innovative technology and partnerships that help
people realize their full potential.

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