We are very proud to announce that CloudWay founder Ståle Hansen has been awarded Microsoft Regional Director (RD). With less than 200 individuals in the program, the RD award is a two-year engagement acting in a non-paid advisory capacity with Microsoft. Because of their community leadership positions, passion, commitment to technology and business excellence, RDs have a regular outlet where they can express real-time customer and community feedback directly with Microsoft engineers and the senior leadership team, including Satya.

Ståle’s selection is a tribute to his deep technical, business, and industry knowledge, community leadership, and ability to connect with Microsoft customers, partners, and product group professionals -Mary Kate Sincero, RD Program Manager | Global Influencer Community Team

Like Ståle, many of the RDs also carry the MVP award title. The key differences really come down to the business consultative nature, customer experience, and cross-platform architect skills possessed by RDs versus the deep technical focus which qualifies an MVP.

I am looking forward to engaging with the Regional Director Program for the next two years. I believe a combination of all my activities the past years such as partner workshops, sales training, customer strategic advisory, implementation of Microsoft cloud, migrations, contribution to Office 365 for IT Pros book, my productivity talks and the ability to tell a simple story about a complex technology are some of the factors that weighed in for my nomination. The best use of me in this role moving forward is as keynote inspirator at events, strategic partner in the cloud story and workshops for moving projects forward. -Ståle Hansen

He was featured in Microsoft’s focus Friday influencer campaign in May 2019. He shared his thoughts on how technology helps him get stuff done. Read the full interview here. Connect with Ståle on LinkedIn, follow him on Twitter, learn about his productivity hacks on YouTube, check out the Office 365 for ITpros book or reach out for more information in our contact form

About the Regional Director Program

Established in 1993, the program consists of 175 of the world’s top technology visionaries chosen specifically for their proven cross-platform expertise, community leadership, and commitment to business results. You will typically find Regional Directors keynoting at top industry events, leading community groups and local initiatives, running technology-focused companies, or consulting on and implementing the latest breakthrough within a multinational corporation. Read more here