COO, Marketing and Operations Director at Microsoft Italia


Barbara Cominelli is the Director of Marketing & Operations, reporting to the CEO, Silvia Candiani. Within the Microsoft Italy Leadership Team, Barbara Cominelli has the responsibility to contribute to the growth of the Italian branch, defining business plans and marketing strategies aimed at supporting the path to Digital Transformation of the whole country and helping people and organisations to exploit their potential.

Together with the Marketing & Operations team, she supports the Italian companies in their innovation process, helping them to rethink their business models with a new productivity, thanks to an experience of interaction with the most functional devices and through the benefits of Cloud Computing and smart technologies. The team also focuses on security and privacy, which represent more and more a priority for public and private organisations, as well as for individuals. Graduated with honours in Business Administration at Bocconi University, Barbara Cominelli has gained solid international experience managing intercultural teams in different sectors: from Strategic Advisory at A.T. Kearney to Venture Capital in the high-tech field, as well as the management of strategy, marketing and planning at Tenaris. Before joining Microsoft Italy, Barbara Cominelli was Director of Sales Operations and Digital at Vodafone Italy and was a member of the Exectuive Board. She is married and mother of a child.

They both share the passion for football. She loves travelling, training and reading. Barbara is also involeved, as mentor, in several non-profit intiatives and has a particular attention to the cause of young women empowerment. She has been acknowledged among the 50 most influential European women in the tech field by Inspiring Fifty 2017.

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