Alex Sutton, Kirkland, Washington. Alex is currently Principal Group Program Manager for large-scale “big compute” and high performance computing (HPC) workloads in the Windows Azure Compute engineering team. He leads a team responsible for defining, delivering, and supporting product, service, and platform offerings for big compute customers in industries such as financial services, media, manufacturing, oil & gas, weather, and life sciences.
Alex has been with Microsoft for over 17 years in variety of engineering and product management roles. He started at Microsoft as a Product Manager for Windows NT Server, where he worked on technical marketing, competitive analysis, pricing and licensing, and product planning for Web and Internet servers. In 1999, he changed roles to work as a Program Manager designing the systems monitoring features in Microsoft Application Center, a Web farm management product, and leading the planning for the second release. Alex became a Lead Program Manager for Windows Server where he proposed and delivered several new systems management features that shipped in several different products, including Microsoft Windows. Alex holds eight U.S. patents. In 2006, he was asked to help start a new engineering center for Microsoft in Shanghai, China. He was part of the founding leadership team that moved to China and grew the site to over 350 engineers in two and half years. He was also Group Manager for the High Performance Computing (HPC) project, with a multi-disciplinary engineering team doing distributed development with a team in the U.S. Alex grew the Shanghai team to triple in size and take on end-to-end feature development.
Alex became Group Program Manager for HPC upon returning to Redmond in 2008. He led the planning, development and delivery of three major releases, and then transitioned the team from building packed software to supporting Cloud services.
Alex grew up in San Francisco and has memories of Barry Kraft teaching drama at Town School. He started doing tech theater in high school, designing the lights and sets for several shows. He received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, Alex did lighting design for the Penn Players, and was photography editor of the Daily Pennsylvanian. After his undergraduate degree, Alex worked as a financial analyst at a venture capital firm, did multimedia development, and helped develop several early web sites. He received an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley where he had the first student home page. Alex is a passionate photographer, traveler, and explorer of the Salish Sea, both above and below the water. Alex resides in Kirkland, WA with his wife Karen Easterbrook.