Joe Whittinghill

Joe Whittinghill

Corporate Vice President, Talent, Learning, & Insights, Microsoft

Why is Joe speaking at WorkHuman?

Joe Whittinghill is one of the creators of Microsoft’s Leadership Principles, three big ideas based on neuroscience to guide employee learning and development. At WorkHuman, he’ll share lessons learned from Microsoft’s company leaders on creating a people-centric culture.

About Joe:

Joe Whittinghill is the CVP of talent, learning, and insights for Microsoft. Joe leads a team responsible for activating culture and learning, building world-class leaders, and enabling the workforce of the future for Microsoft. Joe has deep expertise in organizational and executive development and the neuroscience of leadership. Prior to this role, Joe was the managing director/general manager of the merger and acquisitions venture integration group. During his six years leading the group, he built a practice that facilitated the closure and integration of more than 130 acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures representing $31B+ in consideration and adding more than 34,000 new employees worldwide to Microsoft.

He joined Microsoft in 1999, and has held various leadership roles responsible for the development of leaders, organizations, and learning, as well as finance. His previous work in learning led to the design and building of what is now known as the Microsoft Learning Center in Redmond, WA. Joe serves on a number of nonprofit boards, is the past-chairman of the University of Montana Foundation Board of Trustees, and is a guest lecturer at universities on the topics of M&A, culture and leadership, and organization development. His personal interests include fly-fishing, camping, and anything Montana. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana and his M.S.O.D. from the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business.

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