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March 10, 2009 4:37 PM

Former Microsoft exec to lead proposed new Washington Department of Commerce

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Rogers Weed, who held several positions at Microsoft, including corporate vice president of Windows product management, will be director of the proposed Washington Department of Commerce, Gov. Christine Gregoire announced today.

Weed begins March 17 and will earn $147,000 a year to "wake up every morning with a laserlike focus on keeping the companies and jobs we have, and bringing new jobs and companies to our state," Gregoire said in a statement.

The Washington Department of Commerce will take over the economic functions of the Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, which had become something of a catch-all for state programs ranging from approving new energy facilities to emergency food aid.

Check out this FastCompany story (admittedly from about a decade back) for some more background on Weed, his wife, Julie Bick (also a Microsoft alum) and his first transition from Microsoft to politics and back. He was at the company for 15 years in total.

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