Australian startups pioneer Annie Parker will take on the prestigious role of Microsoft’s global head of startups when she steps down as head of the Sydney-based not-for-profit tech co-working space, Fishburners, next month.
In a statement to Business Insider, the global software giant said: “We are pleased to confirm that Annie Parker has joined Microsoft to work on our start-up programs.”
Parker co-founded Telstra’s Muru-D accelerator in 2013 before leaving 12 months ago to spend six months as CEO of the ill-feted Lighthouse startup precinct at Barangaroo. She joined Fishburners as interim CEO in July last year as it prepared to relocate to the massive Sydney Startup Hub in the CBD.
Earlier this week, Fishburners announced that its COO, Pandora Shelley, will replace Parker as CEO in February.
Parker took to Twitter this morning to say she was “super excited” about joining Microsoft in March.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to work at scale & to make a global impact, I can’t wait to get started!” she wrote.
“So many fab plans to share, more to come soon.”
Last week Microsoft announced that its GM of Microsoft for Startups, Tzahi (Zack) Weisfeld, was moving to another, unspecified role in the company after eight years of leading startup operations.
Microsoft Accelerator works with 647 companies globally which have raised $US3 billion in funding.
Parker remains a director of Code Club Australia, a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11 she founded in 2013.