Darren Huston is the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Consumer & Online (C&O) organization. C&O is responsible for Microsoft’s global online advertising sales and the marketing of Microsoft's consumer products including Windows, Windows phone, MSN, Windows Live and Bing.
Huston spent three years prior to his current role leading Microsoft’s second-largest subsidiary, Microsoft Japan. Huston joined Microsoft in September 2003 as Corporate Vice President of the Small and Mid-Market Solutions & Partners Group in the United States.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Huston held senior leadership positions in major global companies. He was a Senior Vice President at Starbucks Coffee Company, in charge of acquisitions, alliances and new product development. Notably, he led the rollout of the Starbucks Card and Wi-Fi to Starbucks stores around the world.
Before Starbucks, Huston was an executive in McKinsey & Company's marketing and strategy practices, working with senior business leaders across a variety of industries. Prior to his position at McKinsey, Huston was an economic advisor in the Canadian government, helping to negotiate the 1992 Earth Summit and the original global accords on climate change and biodiversity.
Huston has a bachelor's degree in economics from Trent University in Canada, a master's degree in economics from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA from Harvard University. Huston is also a graduate of the United World College in Trieste, Italy.
In his free time, Huston enjoys exploring the world with his wife and two children.