08 June 2021
Clare Barclay, CEO of Microsoft UK, has been elected by CBI members as a Non-Executive Director at the CBI AGM on Tuesday 8 June. She will join the CBI Board responsible for the strategic and financial decisions at the CBI alongside several Non-Executive Directors, the Director General and the Finance Director all of which is chaired by the CBI President on a quarterly basis.
Clare is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft UK where she is responsible for all of Microsoft's product and service offerings in the UK. With nearly three decades in the IT industry, Clare has a deep passion for diversity and inclusion and for helping young people succeed in tech careers across the sector.
Clare was previously Microsoft’s UK Chief Operating Officer for four years. Prior to that she was also the General Manager of the Small, Medium Enterprise & Partner Group. In this role she led a team driving sales and marketing efforts, and providing comprehensive solutions for small to medium-sized businesses.
In 2019, Clare was appointed to the Advisory Council of the British Heart Foundation. She is also a member of the CBI's President’s Committee.
Commenting on Clare’s appointment, Lord Karan Bilimoria, CBI President, said:
“We’re delighted that Clare has been appointed as a non-executive board member. Tech and innovation have been the engine that kept the economy moving amidst these challenging times, and as the head of Microsoft UK, Clare’s insights and advice will be invaluable to the CBI and the UK business community particularly as we place technology at the heart of building back better. I look forward to working with Clare, her wealth of experience and contacts across the business and political community will be a real asset to the CBI.”
Clare Barclay, Microsoft UK CEO, said:
“I’ve always been inspired by the incredible work of the CBI to transform the UK and accelerate growth. The business landscape is changing rapidly and to deliver the promise of greater prosperity we must not shy away from the biggest challenges we face today. I am excited to join the CBI Board to ensure the voice of business is heard across all regions of the UK and look forward to partnering on the progress we need.”