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Former Microsoft CFO to speak July 17 in Bozeman

May 16, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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John Connors, a Miles City native and former corporate financial officer of Microsoft, will speak about “Competition in a Global World” at a luncheon sponsored by the Montana Council on Economic Education at noon on Wednesday, July 17, at the Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman.

Connors currently lives in Medina, Wash., is a partner in Ignition, Inc. and invests principally in enterprise software.  Prior to joining Ignition, Connors spent 16 years at Microsoft Corporation in several strategic roles. From January 2000 to April 2005, he was senior vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer.

Connors also served as Microsoft's vice president of the Worldwide Enterprise Group, and vice president and chief information officer. Before serving as CIO, he held a number of positions within and outside finance, including corporate controller, general manager of worldwide financial operations, director of business operations of Microsoft’s European headquarters in Paris, and director of business operations of the Worldwide Sales and Support Strategy Group.

Connors is a member of the board of directors of Nike, FiREapps, Scout Analytics, DataSphere, Motif Investing, Opscode, Parse, Tier 3 and Splunk Corporation.

Connors received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Montana. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Montana.

Connors' event is sponsored by the Montana Chamber Foundation and Stockman Bank. The Montana Council on Economic Education is a 501(c)(3) foundation concerned with improving the economic literacy of Montana citizens with a primary emphasis on teacher education. It is housed in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University.

Tickets for the lunch are $25 and must be purchased in advance.  Interested persons can register via MCEE’s website ( or:  For questions, call (406)994-5618.

Connie Genger (406) 994-5618,