Microsoft exec named to NRF advisory council

NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp. announced that Bill Gonzalez, general manager of its worldwide distribution and services sector, has been elected to the associate member advisory council for the board of directors of the National Retail Federation. The announcement was made at the NRF Annual Convention & EXPO in New York.

"I'm honored to have been elected to the NRF board of directors advisory council on its 100th anniversary and look forward to supporting this organization in its continuing efforts to pioneer solutions and services for the global retail industry," Gonzalez said. "Microsoft is deeply involved in supporting and advancing the state of the art in technology to fundamentally transform people's lives and society as a whole. Our increasing involvement with NRF and our commitment to the retail industry help us to achieve this goal."

As the general manager for the worldwide distribution and services sector at Microsoft, Gonzalez is responsible for all aspects of strategy and execution plans for the retail, hospitality and consumer goods industries. He has more than 20 years of experience in the distribution and services industries including retail and hospitality. His experience spans software development and business process, as well as all aspects of IT and sales. Before joining Microsoft in August 2007, Gonzalez held executive positions in the IT organization at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for 11 years. Before joining Wal-Mart, he held executive sales and marketing positions at NCR Corp. for 10 years.