AppointmentMichal Braverman-Blumenstyk appointed as CTO for Microsoft’s new Security, Compliance, Identity, and Management Division
Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk appointed as CTO for Microsoft’s new Security, Compliance, Identity, and Management Division
The appointment of Braverman-Blumenstyk, who will continue to serve in her position as General Manager of Microsoft Israel R&D Center, is part of a comprehensive re-organization at Microsoft in which the company will merge all of the security products under a single division
The Microsoft Corporation has appointed Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk, Corporate Vice President and general manager of the Israel R&D center as Chief Technology Officer for Security, Compliance, Identity, and Management Division. Michal will continue to serve in her position as General Manager of Microsoft Israel Research & Development Center. Braverman-Blumenstyk will serve directly under Charlie Bell, Executive Vice President at Microsoft, who led the new security Division, and subordinate Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella.
Braverman-Blumenstyk's appointment is part of a comprehensive re-organization at Microsoft in which the company will merge all of the security products under a single division. Braverman-Blumenstyk will serve as CTO of the newly merged security division.
In 2020, Braverman-Blumenstyk was appointed General Manager of Israel Research & Development Center, Microsoft's first R&D center outside the United States and one of the company's three strategic development centers. Since her entrance into the position, the center's labor force has grown by 50%. In addition, the center has become significant in areas of security and artificial intelligence, with about half of its 2,600 employees engaged in cyber.
Upon joining Microsoft in 2013, Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk founded the Microsoft Cyber Security Center in Israel. She holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science (majoring in Artificial Intelligence) from Columbia University in New York. Michal also led the acquisition of several companies, including the acquisition of Adallom.
Microsoft recently announced that it would open five new R&D centers in Israel in the coming years and double its workforce. Among other things, centers will open in Jerusalem and Beersheva to expand geographically and attract workers from the periphery and populations under-represented in the high-tech industry, such as ultra-Orthodox Jews and the Arab public. The location of the fifth site has yet to be determined. It will be decided shortly, considering the company's desire to make its work accessible to diverse populations and allow employees who prefer to work from the office to reduce travel time from home. In addition, new centers will open in Tel Aviv and Herzliya.