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Friday, June 16, 2006 - Page updated at 12:51 AM

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Craig Mundie: 14-year veteran will assume higher platform

Seattle Times business reporter

Craig Mundie, a 14-year veteran of Microsoft, most recently has led the company's technology and policy strategy around the world.

In 1992, he created the company's Consumer Platforms Division, which included the Windows CE operating system for mobile devices, digital TV and WebTV Networks, a technology to access the Web through a television.

In policy matters, Mundie, 56, has criticized aspects of open-source software as a threat to intellectual property and commercial software. Four years ago, he led Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Initiative, an effort to focus on improving security and reliability of the company's software to address widespread concerns over its vulnerabilities.

In his new, expanded role as chief research and strategy officer, Mundie will begin taking on responsibility for research and development in the two-year transition before Gates' departure, Microsoft said. In addition, he will work with General Counsel Brad Smith on intellectual-property efforts.

A native of Cleveland, Mundie holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in information theory and computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Before joining Microsoft, Mundie was chief executive of Alliant Computer Systems in Massachusetts, which he co-founded, and he also worked at Data General in North Carolina.

He has played a role in national security as a member of President Clinton's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and the Task Force on National Security in the Information. Mundie also serves on the Council on Foreign Relations.

In Seattle, Mundie is a trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Kristi Heim: 206-464-2718 or kheim@seattletimes.com

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