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Yusuf Mehdi
Microsoft, Inc.
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As senior vice president of the MSN Information Services & Merchant Platform division at Microsoft, Yusuf Mehdi leads the effort to empower people globally by helping them find, discover, and experience whatever they want online. In this role, Mehdi oversees the global strategy, design, development, programming, and marketing of Microsoft's information services such as MSN Search, MSN.com, My MSN, MSN Music, MSN Video, MSNBC, MSN Money, MSN Autos, MSN Shopping, and the rest of the MSN.com information channels. In addition, Mehdi is also responsible for leading Microsoft's platform efforts for online advertising and digital marketing with responsibility for brand, direct marketing, pay for performance, and business intelligence systems.

Before taking his current position, Mehdi oversaw worldwide sales and marketing, business development and network programming for the MSN network. During his tenure, MSN grew to become the most popular destination on the Internet with more than 350 million customers monthly. Before that, Mehdi introduced and led the marketing for Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 1.0 through 5.0. Under his direction, Internet Explorer grew rapidly in popularity and is now the most widely used browsing software on the Internet. Mehdi was previously director of marketing for the Microsoft Windows operating system and played key roles in the launches of Windows 98, Windows 95 and Windows 3.1. Before his 12 years at Microsoft, Mehdi was a product manager for Reuters Group PLC, where he helped roll out the first PC-based Reuter Terminal, the standard platform for the company.

Mehdi holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Princeton University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Washington. Mehdi lives with his wife and three children in the Seattle area.

  Yusuf Mehdi

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