Jean Elliott joined Microsoft's Strategic and Emerging Business Team in Silicon Valley as Senior Director of Marketing in September, 2010. Through its BizSpark program and a series of related initiatives, SEBT engages with the entrepreneurial community and helps to develop local software economies worldwide.
Prior to Microsoft, Jean was at Sun Microsystems for almost 14 years where she held a variety of leadership roles in product marketing, business planning and strategic analysis. Most recently, she was the Senior Director for Cloud Services and Developer Tools where she managed the worldwide product marketing team for Sun's Communications Suite, StarOffice, developer tools and Sun Developer Network. Before that she served as "product boss" for the Sun Cloud and led a global initiative focused on attracting developers to Sun and its technologies. She also played an active role in Sun's developer programs for academia.
Jean spent the majority of her time at Sun with the Java team where her work included leading product marketing for the Java Platform, its open source development practices, Java Card, and the emerging Real-Time and Embedded Java businesses. Prior to Sun, Jean founded and managed the Quality Assurance Group for Gensym Corporation, a company whose software is used to automate mission-critical decisions in real-time.
Jean holds an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management and a BA in Philosophy and French from Trinity College.