James Phillips

James Phillips is a Microsoft corporate vice president and leader of the company’s Business Applications Group – a product development organization with over 5,000 team members spanning the globe.

His teams build and operate Microsoft’s SaaS, aPaaS and developer PaaS services, Dynamics 365, Stream, the Power aPaaS platform (Power BI, PowerApps, Flow, Common Data Service), and a wide range of Azure services including AppService, Functions, LogicApps, API Management and Media Services.

James joined Microsoft in 2012 as a strategic advisor to Satya Nadella, then president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division.

Before joining Microsoft, James was founder and CEO of multiple software companies; held engineering, product management, corporate development and marketing leadership roles at Intel, VMware and Synopsys; and spent two years as a technology investment banker with UBS PaineWebber advising public and private software companies on M&A strategy and execution.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and earned his MBA, with honours, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.