This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this blog, I interview Sean O’Driscoll, General Manager for Community Support Services (CSS) and MVP Worldwide, Microsoft Corporation. Sean is a world leading authority on social networking, community engagement, innovation, a top-ranking speaker and thought leader — his ideas are followed throughout the globe. Sean conducts exhaustive research into global communities, business and societal transformation, and he continues to make significant contributions to the industry over a sustained and ongoing successful career.
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About Sean O’Driscoll
Sean O’Driscoll is the Global Manager for CSS and the MVP Award Program at Microsoft Corporation. The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award recognizes exceptional technical community leaders who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing their real world expertise with users and Microsoft. The MVP award is the way that Microsoft formally honors the accomplishments of these individuals for their contributions to community. As the Global Director, Sean is responsible for the worldwide team that identifies, awards, and engages over 3500 MVPs spanning over 90 Microsoft technologies and in over 90 countries.
O’Driscoll began his career at Microsoft in 1992 as a customer service and sales professional responsible for business development and client relationships. Most recently, he was responsible for Premier and Professional Services sales and delivery to Independent Software Vendors in the US. Prior to that, Sean served as a business development manager working with ISVs on joint development, co-marketing and channel development with Microsoft.
Before joining Microsoft, O’Driscoll graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR (1992) with degrees in Business and Philosophy. He and his wife Kari have two daughters, Erin and Lauren.
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