Katie Drucker oversees Microsoftís New Markets Incubation Group, which is responsible for funding and developing new products based on ideas generated within and outside the company. Under corporate vice president Peter Rinearsonís Information Worker New Markets Group, Katieís team seeks innovative ways for Microsoft to bring new ideas to market by managing incoming proposals, routing ideas for appropriate consideration, and overseeing funding to support the innovations Microsoft wishes to pursue. Her groupís vision is to develop an entrepreneurial culture within Microsoft that is not beholden to any particular product or program group in the company.
Katie brings a background of entrepreneurial and investing expertise. She joined the company in January 2003 after three years as vice president at Kellett Investment Corp., an early-stage private equity fund. There she co-led private investment activities in a fund totaling more than $35 million in 28 companies. Prior to that, she was a director of business development for Nextel Communications, negotiations manager at Columbia Spectrum Management, and manager of international development at McCaw Cellular.
As an entrepreneur, Katie served for more than three years as the founder and manager of The Cascade Group, a mergers / acquisitions and consulting firm specializing in telecommunications. With Cascade she negotiated more than $500 million in deals for clients, including AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS, and Leap Wireless. In 1998 she founded Sierra Tower Co., which financed the first wireless tower company in Mexico. In 1996 she founded and raised financing for Alpine Tower Co., a wireless tower company with assets in the southwestern United State, which she sold in 1998 with a 1000-percent ROI.
Katie relaxes with adventure travel, including marathon running in Ireland, safari and wine-tasting in South Africa, and sailing, river rafting, and sheep farming in New Zealand. She participates in the Big Brother/Big Sister program and holds bachelorís degrees in Asian Studies and History from Connecticut College.