Microsoft creates education czar post

Software company chooses Michael Golden to head up its Education Products group, reporting to Anoop Gupta and overseeing the group's strategy and marketing efforts.

Dawn Kawamoto
Dawn Kawamoto Former Staff writer, CNET News
Dawn Kawamoto covered enterprise security and financial news relating to technology for CNET News.

Microsoft is hitting the books, creating a new czar to oversee its education initiatives.

The software giant announced on Tuesday that it has appointed Michael Golden to the post of corporate vice president of Microsoft's Education Products group.

In this role, Golden will be responsible for the Redmond giant's education business and product development, overseeing its strategy and marketing efforts. The executive will report to Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Unlimited Potential Group and Education Product Group, overseeing technology policy and strategy.

Microsoft clearly has its eye on the education market. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced plans to invest another $235.5 million over the next five years into its Partners in Learning program, which provides software and training to students, teachers, and schools. The program had reached 90 million people in 100 countries during its first five years.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Golden served as senior vice president of marketing and strategic planning at the Pearson School, which is involved in education publishing.