Chris Capossela

Senior Vice President, Consumer Channels and Central Marketing Group
Microsoft Corporation


Chris Capossela is senior vice president of the Consumer Channels and Central Marketing Group. In this role, Capossela works in close collaboration with Microsoft's OEM, retail, mobile operator and distribution partners to create new business opportunities and to deliver exciting consumer experiences through Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox and Office. He also serves as Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for the company's marketing, advertising and corporate communications.


Previously, Capossela served in the Microsoft Office Division, and was responsible for marketing the company's productivity products including Microsoft Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Project, Visio and Duet. His responsibilities included defining pricing, packaging, go-to-markets, branding and advertising, as well as developing sales integration and the partner ecosystem.


Capossela has spent more than 19 years at Microsoft in a variety of marketing, technical and field positions. His experiences include running the Microsoft Project business, serving as Bill Gates' speech assistant, and acting as chief of staff to the president of Microsoft EMEA.


Capossela holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Harvard University. He first became interested in computers when, as a boy, he wrote a reservation system for his family's small Italian restaurant in Boston using dBASE for DOS on an early IBM PC. Capossela lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters and enjoys movies, playing tennis, and traveling.