Bob Kelly is the Corporate Vice President for the Server and Tools Business Development and Strategy team, overseeing mergers and acquisitions, coordination of cross STB strategic planning, and STB's China business plan. His organization is part of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, whose mission is to cloud-optimize every business.
Kelly has played an integral leadership role in defining how Microsoft goes to market with the server and cloud computing. Since joining the company, Kelly has been instrumental in growing the Windows Server business from a relatively new product to a market leader, and helping to shape Microsoft's $15 billion server and tools business. His most recent assignment was running business and marketing for the Windows Azure service platform.
Kelly began his career with Microsoft in 1996 with the Windows NT Server 3.51 marketing team. He later transitioned to group manager of Windows NT Server and Windows 2000 Server marketing. Following the launch of Windows 2000 Server, Kelly helped form the company's U.S. subsidiary. He has held a series of marketing and product management leadership roles, both in the field and corporate offices, such as general manager of Windows Server Product Management and corporate vice president of Server & Cloud Platform Marketing, which included Windows Server, Systems Center, Forefront and Windows Azure.
A Massachusetts native, Kelly earned his master's degree and doctorate in English literature from the University of Dallas.