Barbara Cominelli

Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft



Public Speaker for Leaders First Event: Digital Strategies for Leaders May 12, 2020

Barbara Cominelli is the Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Italy.

Within the Microsoft Italy Leadership team, Barbara Cominelli has the responsibility to drive the growth of the Italian subsidiary, defining the strategies and orchestrating the business across the different solutions with our network of partners, to support the Digital Transformation of the entire Country, helping people and organizations to achieve more.

Together with the Marketing & Operations Team, she’s supporting Italian public and private companies in their innovation process with Cloud and Artificial Intelligence: harnessing the power of data to improve customer experience and value, optimizing operations, improving employee experience and productivity, reinventing product and services.

Under her tenure at Microsoft, she’s also leading Ambizione Italia, a public-private platform focused on developing digital skills to support employment and increase economic growth in the country. Thanks to her commitment, together with numerous partners, 500,000 people have already been trained on digital technologies in a year, focusing on students, girls and teachers in disadvantaged areas.

Barbara is currently also a Non Executive Director in ERG Spa and a Board Member of ValoreD.

Graduated in Business Administration at Bocconi University and with a Master in International Business from Bocconi and Esade, Barbara started her career as Assistant Professor in Bocconi.

She then gained a solid international experience guiding multicultural teams in different sectors: from Strategic Consulting in A.T. Kearney to Venture Capital in the High Tech to being the Director of Strategy, Marketing and Planning at Tenaris.

Prior to joining Microsoft Italia, Barbara Cominelli was the Digital, Operations and Wholesale Director at Vodafone Italy, where she led the largest unit of the company, managing 3000 people.

She is married and the mother of a child with whom she shares a passion for football. She loves traveling, reading and training.
Barbara is also involved in various non-profit initiatives as a mentor, with a particular focus on empowerment programs for young women.

She was recognized by Inspiring Fifty 2017 among the 50 most influential women in technology in Europe.

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