Geff Brown
  • Associate general counsel
  • Microsoft
United States of America
Geff Brown

Geff Brown

  • Associate general counsel
  • Microsoft
United States of America

I’m an associate general counsel in Microsoft’s legal department, where I lead the worldwide privacy legal team. The team watches over how Microsoft collects and uses data so that Microsoft can comply with our legal requirements and our customers’ expectations.

I was drawn to Microsoft when I joined in 2007 because even then Microsoft had a strong privacy and data protection focus. Today privacy and data protection are central to many more businesses than in 2007.

Companies that have traditionally not been technology-
focused are now data-rich
and need to manage data in a compliant manner while innovating. At the same time, new laws are being passed at a much faster rate than before and that creates challenges.

These challenges require external counsel and advisers who can scale globally and who have a firm foundation in the principles of data use and technology. Microsoft is such a company.

I’m especially proud of the work I’ve done to help Microsoft build a global cloud services business that helps customers worldwide run their operations more efficiently while meeting their compliance objectives.