Brad Smith is Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, a role in which he has responsibility for the Corporation’s corporate, external and legal affairs. Brad Smith plays a key role in representing the company externally and in leading the company’s work on a number of critical issues including privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion, among others. In 2014, the New York Times called Smith “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large.”
He has worked extensively across the world, including long periods in Europe. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was an associate and then partner at the Washington, D.C.-based firm of Covington and Burling, where he is still remembered as the first attorney in the long history of the firm to insist (in 1986) on having a personal computer on his desk as a condition for accepting a job offer.