Business 100 – 2016

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James Douglas/Microsoft

James Douglas has been a partner group manager with Microsoft Corporation for the past 25 years, leading his team to ensure a quality Microsoft Office experience for international customers. He has also guided the development of the company’s Dublin engineering team.

Born in Dublin, James received his bachelor’s degree in electronic and electrical engineering from Trinity College Dublin. His mother’s family is based in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, while his father (James Douglas Sr., the original writer of The Riordans, the second Irish soap opera to appear on RTÉ), came from Bray, Co. Dublin. Prior to his arrival in the U.S., James served as marketing manager with Philip Netherland BV in the Eindhoven area of the Netherlands.

“I love the fact that as a small nation, we Irish take our international responsibilities seriously and work hard to contribute on a global stage,” James says. “We understand that the faster way to a better state is not always a straight line.”

He is currently based in Seattle with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Leigh.