Chris Colyer, a plastics and petrochemical industry veteran, is now Microsoft Corp.'s industry marketing manager for manufacturing. He is in his second year at Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft, after working for a year for IBM Corp. as a member of IBM's e-business team in the Northwestern United States.
Before moving to the technology industry, Colyer spent 12 years in the petrochemical industry, primarily in the plastics area. From 1987-90 he served as an account manager for Dow Chemical Co. in its plastics packaging industry group, before joining Rexene Corp. from 1991-94 as U.S. Western regional manager, responsible for polyethylene and polypropylene resin sales.
For the next three years, Colyer worked in Dallas as Rexene's global business director for specialty polymers and distribution. After Huntsman Chemical Corp. acquired Rexene in 1997, he moved over to Huntsman's specialty chemical group and assumed responsibility for its global polyether amine business. He then made the leap to the Northwest and the high-tech business.
Colyer has an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and an MBA from Claremont Graduate School.
He currently is involved with the team developing and marketing Microsoft's new BizTalk Server, which is designed, in part, to cost effectively facilitate the integration of business-to-business enterprise application software.
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