Microsoft recently promoted attorney Bruce Jackson to lead counsel supporting the Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, U.S. Commercial Enterprise Group. According to a recent release, under his new title, he will manage a team of 20 and support an $18B business.
The release states that Jackson’s new position will allow him to lead a diverse team responsible for developing strategies to deploy negotiations and transactions that deliver revenue and growth for Microsoft products and services throughout the U.S. territory. His team will focus on Microsoft’s cloud business, helping to move their current customers into their digital ecosystem. With a B2B focus, the team will work with Fortune 500 corporate partners in financial services, healthcare, retail, media and entertainment, and communication industries.
Bruce Jackson joined Microsoft in 2000 as corporate counsel for the Digital Media Division. Prior to joining the company, Jackson founded the entertainment law firm of Jackson, Brown, Powell, and St. George, representing the likes of Heavy D, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, L.L. Cool J, and Busta Rhymes.
“I made the transition from entertainment to tech because I saw the transformation occurring in the entertainment industry and realized that understanding the connection between entertainment and technology would give me a competitive advantage. It was a strategic move to stay on the cutting edge,” Jackson told Black Enterprise. “I started by joining Microsoft’s Digital Media Division. They were looking for someone to help bridge the gap between technology and entertainment. The role provided me with the opportunity to negotiate deals with my colleagues in the entertainment industry.”
Jackson is a current board member of the National Association for Women and Minority Owned Law Firms, and the African American Chamber of Commerce for Westchester and Rockland County. He was instrumental in getting Henry Street a $250,000 Elevate America Community Initiative grant from Microsoft.