Noelle WalshCorporate VP - Cloud Operations & Innovation, Microsoft
Noelle Walsh leads the Microsoft Cloud Operations + Innovation (CO+I) organization, the engine that powers the Microsoft Cloud and its services. Her organization owns the cloud physical infrastructure and operations charter for Microsoft with the goal of ensuring safety and security, maintaining high customer availability, and achieving competitive infrastructure growth. The organizational scope includes supply planning and strategic acquisition, global construction, datacenter and edge site operations, critical environment and availability, engineering, and datacenter innovation. There is also an arm of her organization that focuses on Datacenter Sustainability and Community Development.
Noelle joined Microsoft in July 2017, bringing her strong operational background in leading large, global teams across geographies and businesses for a Fortune 50 Science and Technology company. She has worked in England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany and the U.S. (based in Texas and Michigan), and has traveled extensively around the world on business, running large scale commodity businesses and manufacturing facilities to leading major strategic divestitures and integrating acquisitions. Prior to joining Microsoft, Noelle dedicated over 25 years The Dow Chemical Company, where she worked across multiple businesses, leading over 25% of its Manufacturing base, the Chemicals Division of businesses and Global Supply Chain and Customer Service functions. Noelle's trademark is working with teams to unleash best-in-class performance. Noelle brings an operational excellence mindset and capabilities for businesses at scale and is passionate about Safety and Compliance, seeing these as the cornerstones of any business.
Noelle graduated from University College in Dublin, Ireland with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering in 1985, Executive Education at Babson College in 2000, and Women on Boards at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2016. Noelle is a member of the Northwood University Board of Trustees, Chair of Academic Committee, as well as a past member of Cranbrook College Board of Governors, Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation Board of Directors and Supervisory Board of Dow Benelux. In 2019, Noelle received the AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education) Legendary Leaders Award, which recognizes women supply chain leaders who have achieved extraordinary professional excellence and success, addressed challenges impacting opportunities for women and advanced the changing landscape of women’s supply chain leadership.