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Jun 24 2010   7:44PM GMT

Allison Watson leaves partner role at Microsoft

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Two Microsoft corporate VPs are swapping places.

Allison Watson, who has been the worldwide partner chief at Microsoft for eight years, is moving into a new marketing  role at the software giant. Watson will be corporate vice president of for Microsoft’s Business & Marketing Organization where she steps in for Ian Roskill. Roskill will take on Watson’s duties leading the Microsoft Partner Network.

The change comes just two weeks before the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C. and both execs will speak at the event, Microsoft said

Some Microsoft watchers wondered why Ross Brown, another vice president in the channel organization, did not get tapped.

The changes will be effective July 1, the start of Microsoft’s fiscal year.

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