Laura K. Ipsen is to join Microsoft as corporate vice president of the company’s Worldwide Public Sector organization.

In this role Ipsen will lead the sales and marketing organization serving government, public safety and national security, education, and non-privatized healthcare customers in more than 100 countries.

Ipsen was previously senior vice president and general manager of Connected Energy Networks at Cisco Systems Inc., where she also established and managed the company’s Global Policy and Government Affairs division.

“I am delighted to welcome Laura to Microsoft,” said Susan Hauser, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Enterprise & Partner Group. “Innovation is an increasingly important catalyst for economic growth and competitiveness around the world. We are thrilled to have someone with Laura’s deep experience leading our outreach to governments and extending our commitment to improving lives through innovation.”

Before joining Cisco in 1995, Ipsen worked in government affairs and international trade for Hitachi Data Systems Corp., Acer Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She is currently a board member of Monsanto and of the GridWise Alliance, and previously served as board chair of both the Information Technology Industry Council and the Organization of Women in International Trade.