Microsoft has appointed a new leader for its Worldwide Public Sector group, which plays a key role in its efforts to counter competition from open-source software in government and education markets.
Gerri Elliott succeeds Maggie Wilderotter and will be corporate vice-president for worldwide public sector. She will oversee Microsoft's outreach to governments and educational organisations around the world.
Elliott joined Microsoft in 2001 after 22 years at IBM. She is currently responsible for Microsoft's enterprise sales force and industry-specific products for such sectors as health care, financial services and retail.
Wilderotter joined Microsoft in 2002 and will leave to become chief executive of Citizens Communications provider of communications services to rural and suburban areas.
Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service