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Former Microsoft Vice President joins Oi

Former Microsoft Vice President joins Oi

Thursday 14 February 2019

Former Microsoft Vice President joins Oi

The former Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Microsoft has joined the team as Executive Chairman of the local creative digital agency, Oi.

Chris Atkinson spent over a decade as a Vice President at Microsoft before moving to Guernsey several years ago and has been coaching Oi’s executive team for the past year.

Mr Atkinson will take over the role of Executive Chairman from Tony Grange, who had indicated his wish to retire this year, as he approaches his 75th birthday.

Peter Grange, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oi, said his father had done a vast amount of good work over the past two years to get the agency ready for its next stage of growth.

“My dad has been a legend over the past two years. He’s helped to take the agency to another level by putting processes and practices in place similar to the world’s leading agencies. That includes taking the agency’s cyber and data security to the high levels needed for a top digital business such as Oi. I am sure he will stay close to everyone at the agency,” Peter said.

“I shall miss everyone at Oi, but I leave knowing the company has sound foundations, on which Chris, Peter, indeed all of the Oi team, will now build,” Tony said. 

As a Vice President at Microsoft, Mr Atkinson said he learnt the lesson that "if managers are from Mars then leaders are from Venus". ​He started his own leadership consultancy in 2014, coaching his first client to become the Number One Great Place to Work in Britain for two years in a row.

“The true measure of any leadership team is the results they deliver, but the foundation upon which that is built is shared values and trust.

"I am excited to join Oi as Executive Chairman. Oi is blessed with a highly creative and talented team who embrace the type of brand new thinking which captures attention and delivers outstanding results for clients," said Mr Atkinson.

Pictured above: Peter Grange (left) and Chris Atkinson (right). 


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