Hugh Eaton OBE.

Vice President, Worldwide Government.

Hugh leads the Worldwide Government organisation at Microsoft. He is responsible for driving the strategy to reset the way in which Microsoft partners with and inspires government customers with the vision, skills, and capabilities to better understand and use technology, data and innovation to address societal challenges and empower citizens around the world. 

Hugh joined Microsoft from Cisco Systems where he served as the Head of Public Sector. During his 13-year tenure at Cisco, Hugh held several other leadership roles within the UK Public Sector, Professional Services, and in Global Strategy. He specialises in high-performance organisational design, as well as process and people change management. 

Prior to his corporate career, Hugh served in the British Army for 18 years, and then worked for PA Consulting Group to create a new Defence and Intelligence Practice across the UK and US. He holds top level security clearance, is an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, a Colonel in the Army Reserve, and an adviser to several governments on cyber security. 

Hugh holds a master’s degree in International Security Studies and was awarded an MBE in 1994, and an OBE in 2004, for services to the United Kingdom.