Robbie Bach, Civic Engineer, “Turning Change Into Opportunity”
Robbie Bach joined Microsoft in 1988, and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management, and business leadership roles. He played an important role as a marketing leader in the successful development of the Microsoft Office business, and subsequently led the creation and development of the Xbox business where he served as the Chief Xbox Officer. Robbie retired from Microsoft in 2010 as the company’s President of the Entertainment and Devices Division.
Robbie now works as a Civic Engineer with corporate, philanthropic, and civic organizations who are driving positive change in our communities. He guest lectures extensively at a variety of colleges and universities and speaks to corporate, civic, and trade association audiences across the country. In 2015, Robbie completed his first book, “Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal.” For more information, see www.robbiebach.com.
As part of his civic commitment, Robbie serves on the national board of governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and for the local Boys and Girls Club chapter in Bellevue. He is also a member of the United States Olympic Committee board of directors, the board of directors for the Puget Sound chapter of Year‑Up, and is Chair of the Board of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. Robbie’s corporate responsibilities include being co‑owner of Manini’s, Inc., a gluten-free pasta and flour company, and serving on the board of directors for Sonos, Inc.
Robbie was an Arjay Miller Scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he earned his MBA, and a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, where he earned his degree in economics and was also named an Academic All‑American on the Tar Heels tennis team.