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Christopher Fernandez

Corporate Vice President of HR


Christopher J. Fernandez is responsible for all human resource matters for a wide portfolio of global businesses in Microsoft’s core research and engineering teams. His charter ranges from hardware (Surface products etc.) to Windows, Office (core and cloud), Gaming (Xbox, Studios), the Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, and several other global product groups and teams. He also is the human resource executive for Microsoft’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco campuses, the Microsoft Vancouver campus as well as India’s and China’s engineering and research teams.

Fernandez develops and implements a wide variety of interdisciplinary human resource solutions inclusive of organization design, organization development, talent acquisition, talent management, employee relations and compensation.


Fernandez joined Microsoft in 2005 and has held a variety of human resources leadership roles. He has led multiple human resource initiatives including leading the organization design of the Microsoft Artificial Intelligence Group, the creation of a unified enterprise level global IT organization structure, the overall talent management plan creation and implementation enabling the launch of Windows 10, the organizational planning, talent planning and cultural transformation approach for the transition of Microsoft’s core productivity products to a cloud-based set of offerings.


Prior to joining Microsoft, Fernandez was a human resource leader at the General Motors Corporation’s European organization where he lived and worked in Zurich, Switzerland. He was responsible for both executive compensation and line human resource management across various business groups in Europe. Fernandez held a variety of human resource leadership roles prior to his European assignment which included new manufacturing plant start-ups worldwide, labor relations and collective bargaining for auto manufacturing assembly facilities, the talent acquisition leader for several global businesses and line human resource management leader for various global truck engineering organizations.


Fernandez is currently attending the Harvard Business School and is working to complete the Advanced Management Program. He also attended Michigan State University (MSU) and earned a Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Public Affairs with an emphasis in econometrics from James Madison College at MSU.


Fernandez is active in several civic organizations including his previous role as a Board member with Friends of Youth and his work with Hopelink. He is also an active member of the Michigan State University Graduate School of Human Resources and Labor Relations Advisory Board and a Past President. Fernandez is a member of the Conference Board’s Chief Human Resources Officer Council II, the Society of Human Resource Management, the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Association for Talent Development.