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As Microsoft's chief operating officer, Kevin Turner is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Microsoft's worldwide sales, marketing, and services organization. Turner leads a global organization of over 45,000 employees, including field sales and marketing professionals who delivered over US$69 billion in revenue during fiscal 2011. In addition to driving sales and marketing programs, Turner manages the online advertising sales organization and corporate support organizations, including product and customer support services, branding, advertising, public relations, marketing research and relationship marketing. Turner also oversees corporate operations and internal Information Technology that support the work of Microsoft's over 90,000 plus employees around the world.
In 2009, Turner also led and spearheaded Microsoft's entry into the Retail Stores business and he has global accountability for this newly created business division.
Along with Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and other senior executives, Turner serves on the Senior Leadership Team that sets the overall strategy and direction for Microsoft.
Prior to Microsoft, Turner worked nearly 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where he started as a cashier while going to college. Upon graduating from college he held various leadership positions within Wal-Mart including most recently as president and chief executive officer of SAM'S CLUB, with over 46 million members and over $37.1 billion USD in annual sales. Before this role, Turner worked for 13 years in Wal-Mart's IT department, where he reached the level of executive vice president and chief information officer, overseeing all information systems and IT operations for the company worldwide.
In 1995 at the age of 29, Turner became the youngest corporate officer ever named at Wal-Mart and in 1997 while having worldwide responsibility for all Application Development and Support at Wal-Mart, Turner became the recipient of the first "Sam M. Walton - Entrepreneur Of The Year" Award, which is the highest honor given at Wal-Mart and is determined by the Walton Family.
Turner has also received various selected honors including; TIME Magazine - People To Watch In International Business, FORTUNE Magazine - #4 Top 10 Most Influential on 40 Under 40, Business 2.0 - The 20 Young Exec's You Need To Know, 20/20 Vision Award, CIO 100 Award, and in 2007, he was named to the CIO Hall Of Fame by CIO Magazine, as well as listed fifth on CRN Magazine's Top 25 Most Innovative Executives. Additionally, Turner serves on the Nordstrom Inc. Board of Directors.
Turner graduated in 1987 from East Central University in Ada, Okla., with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management where he was also the Distinguished Alumnus in 2003. Turner lives in Bellevue WA., with his wife and 3 children.
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