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Cisco’s Smart Grid Chief Leaves, Joins Microsoft

Cisco's smart grid ambitions may have suffered a major blow as its Connected Energy senior vice president and general manager, Laura Ipsen has decided to part ways with the company and has joined Microsoft as corporate vice president of its Worldwide Public Sector organization.

Connected Energy happens to be the same wing in Cisco's operational structures that looks after the company's projects involving the smart grid technology. Ipsen was previously leading Cisco's Global Policy and Government Affairs division and lately was looking after the development of recently announced GridBlocks Architecture.

In her new role at Microsoft, Ipsen will be looking after the marketing and sales departments that serve to the government.

"I am delighted to welcome Laura to Microsoft. Innovation is an increasingly important catalyst for economic growth and competitiveness around the world," Susan Hauser, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Enterprise & Partner Group, said in a statement.

"We are thrilled to have someone with Laura's deep experience leading our outreach to governments and extending our commitment to improving lives through innovation," she added.

[Source: Network World]