Cathy Menees is the community manager for the World Wide Technology Officer community at Microsoft. The technology officers are responsible for Microsoft's technology policy initiatives and engagements with government and academic leaders around the world. Cathy's role is to enable the community to share information and best practices; to implement forums for the community to engage as a group with key influentials in government, academia, and industry; and to ensure that the feedback from all of these key constituencies is reflected in Microsoft's technology strategy, planning, and development cycles.
Prior to her current role, Cathy spent 14 years at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where she started in 1991 as a financial analyst and has been moving around the company ever since. From Finance, she then went on to Business and Operations management in the World Wide Sales and Marketing group, followed by a sales role in Technical Product Support. From there she was a marketing manager in the Partner Strategy group. Prior to the technology officer community role, she ran the Customer Leadership Technical Program and the Marketing team for Microsoft's Global Accounts Organization.
Cathy was born in Colorado and, with a father in the U.S. Air Force, had a new home every three years until high school. She returned to her roots and graduated from Colorado State University with an undergraduate degree in Business Finance. Cathy currently lives in London, where she enjoys cooking, wine tasting, music, and exploring the world. She can easily be convinced to go skiing or golfing, or sing karaoke. When she can get back to the U.S., she enjoys trips to Denver and Phoenix to spend time with family.