As senior vice president of Advanced Strategies, Craig Mundie reports to Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates and works with him on developing a comprehensive set of technical, business and policy strategies for Microsoft Corp. Mundie’s role includes coordination of aspects of these strategies where their implementation spans multiple Microsoft product groups. Mundie focuses on Internet-scale platform architectures, the definition of consumer computing experiences as part of the Microsoft® .NET initiatives, and technical and policy issues surrounding critical infrastructure protection.
From 1992 until November 1998, Mundie ran the Consumer Platforms Division at Microsoft, which he formed to develop the company’s non-PC platform and service offerings. These included the Windows® CE operating system; the Handheld, Pocket and Auto PCs; and early cellular telephony products. Mundie also started Microsoft’s digital TV efforts and acquired and managed the WebTV Networks, Inc., subsidiary.
Mundie represents Microsoft in Washington, D.C., in policy-related activities including critical infrastructure security, encryption and telecom regulation. Mundie also is responsible for coordinating technical standards policy and participation across all Microsoft business divisions. In August 2000, President Clinton named Mundie to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. The committee was formed in 1982 to advise the White House on issues affecting the security of the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure. This year, the White House is expanding the group of top industry executives to include key companies involved in computer software and data communications, in recognition of the fact that the Internet has made military and civil infrastructures susceptible to both accidental and intentional disruption.
Mundie was a co-founder of Alliant Computer Systems Corp., a company that developed massively parallel supercomputers, and was its CEO before joining Microsoft in 1992. Before Alliant, Mundie worked at Data General Corp. Hired in 1972 as a software developer, he wrote the first commercial disk operating system for the Data General NOVA. He also managed the development of database management software, operating systems and compiler software. Just before leaving Data General, Mundie was director of its advanced development facility in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Mundie attended the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in information theory and computer science.