Two senior leadership appointments for Microsoft UK

Microsoft has announced the appointments of Orla McGrath and Soraya Scott to its UK leadership team.

Former managing director at Accenture, Orla McGrath joins Microsoft to lead its partner organisation. Orla led the cloud-first applications business in the UK and Ireland during her time at Accenture and drove the company’s cloud transformation.

Soraya Scott has been appointed as chief operating officer, responsible for UK marketing, product strategy and transformation. Soraya joins from Microsoft’s international business, where she was previously the chief of staff for Jean-Philippe Courtois, the executive vice president and president of Microsoft global sales, marketing and operations.

Orla McGrath said: “Joining Microsoft to lead the UK partner organisation is such an amazing opportunity. I am excited to help shape Microsoft’s partner ecosystem for the benefit of our customers and society more broadly. I couldn’t think of a more exciting and challenging opportunity.”

Soraya Scott said: “I am thrilled to be joining Microsoft UK. I have seen the impact that Microsoft has on countries and communities when we all come together and bring the very best that we have to offer for our customers and partners. I’m looking forward to playing a pivotal role in supporting our customers and partners, driving cloud growth and delivering on our strategic priorities.”

Clare Barclay, Microsoft UK chief executive officer added: “I am delighted to welcome Orla and Soraya to the Microsoft UK leadership team. We are at an important inflection point in the UK market, so I am excited about the depth of global experience and leadership capability both Orla and Soraya bring, and they will both play a critical role in driving the future success in the UK with our customers and partners.”