Former Microsoft Executive Robbie Bach to Speak at 2014 Boe Forum on Public Affairs
The Center for Western Studies has selected former Microsoft executive Robbie Bach as the speaker for the 2014 Boe Forum on Public Affairs.
His address, “Privacy at Risk: Challenges to Protecting Personal Identity and Data,” will tackle some of today's digital world challenges, including cyber security, data breaches, government surveillance and organizations like WikiLeaks.
The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Elmen Center, located at 2505 S. Grange Ave. on the Augustana College campus. It is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. Free tickets will be available at www.augietickets.com beginning Monday, Sept. 8.
Bach joined Microsoft in 1988 and for 22 years, took on marketing, management and business leadership roles. He was an influential leader in the launch and expansion of Microsoft Office and in 1999, led the creation and development of the Xbox and its eventual successor, the Xbox 360, as Microsoft’s chief Xbox officer.
Ultimately, he was responsible for Microsoft’s gaming, music, video, phone and retail sales businesses and was named president of the company’s entertainment and devices division. He oversaw the creation, development and growth of Xbox Live, Microsoft’s online game service that currently supports almost 50 million members.
Throughout all these projects, Bach and Microsoft maintained a commitment to supporting cyber security and protecting their users’ identities.
As a president of the company, he regularly lobbied in Washington, D.C., and discussed policy issues with government leaders regarding Internet regulation. He’s worked across the industry on topics like the distribution of age-appropriate content, data breaches, identity security and content management.
“Robbie Bach brings a strong combination of specific technical knowledge and social responsibility.”
– Harry Thompson, executive director of the Center for Western Studies
“The two Augustana students who served on the Boe Committee both expressed interest in and support for the topic of risk to personal privacy. They and other committee members recognized in Mr. Bach the value of his experience in navigating issues of privacy between the corporate world and the individual consumer,” Thompson said.
Bach retired as Microsoft’s president of the entertainment and devices division in 2010. He continues to serve as a board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America; the Seattle chapter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue; the United States Olympic Committee;Sonos, Inc.; Brooks Sports, Inc.; Space Needle, Inc.; and the Seattle chapter of Year-Up, a youth training non-profit organization.
He is also a regular guest lecturer at colleges and universities across the country. He has spoken about business strategy, marketing and ethics at schools such as the University of North Carolina, UCLA, Seattle University, Santa Clara University, Harvey Mudd College and Boston College.
He is currently working on a book that will expand on his regular speaking topics of business and civic strategy, which is based upon his personal experiences with Microsoft and Xbox.
Before he was a leader in the technology business, Bach earned his MBA from Stanford University and was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina where he was a Morehead Scholar, graduated with highest honors, and was named a first team Academic All-American on the Tar Heels’ tennis team.
About the Boe Forum
Through the Boe Forum on Public Affairs, the Center for Western Studies has hosted many of the world’s most influential leaders, including: Gen. Colin Powell (1995), President George H. W. Bush (1995), President of the former Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev (1996), Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1999), Jordan's Queen Noor (2001), Vice President Al Gore (2007), Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox (2007), President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf (2009), former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (2010), former President of Ireland Mary Robinson (2011), director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen (2012), and former governor of Utah and former U.S. ambassador to China and Singapore Jon Huntsman (2013).