The Most Se­cre­tive CEO Sum­mit of the Year

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Mi­crosoft’s An­nual CEO Sum­mit is a con­cen­tra­tion of the most high-pro­file CEOS on the face of the Earth. The se­cre­tive, three-day con­ver­sa­tion about emerg­ing trends shap­ing global busi­ness, cor­po­rate lead­er­ship and tech­nol­ogy col­lec­tively rep­re­sents 12 mil­lion em­ploy­ees and $5 tril­lion in an­nual sales.the 130 CEOS and busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives join­ing the top ranks of Mi­crosoft are, Ari­anna Huff­in­g­ton of Huff­in­g­ton Post Me­dia Group, Jamie Di­mon of JP Mor­gan Chase, War­ren Buf­fet of Berk­shire Hath­away, Mike Duke of Wal-mart Stores, Jeff Im­melt of Gen­eral Elec­tric, John Don­a­hoe of ebay, Reed Hast­ings of Netflix, Jonah Peretti of Buz­zfeed, Alan Mu­lally of Ford Mo­tor, Muhtar Kent of Co­caCola Com­pany, Denise Mor­ri­son of Campbell Soup, Rex Tiller­son of Exxon Mo­bil, Jorge Paolo of 3G Cap­i­tal and Ur­sula Burns of Xerox, to name just a few.

Mi­crosoft’s CEO Sum­mit started twenty years ago in 1997, when Mi­crosoft Chair­man Bill Gates rec­og­nized a need for busi­ness lead­ers to gather, share ex­pe­ri­ences and learn about up­com­ing tech­nolo­gies. Ac­cord­ing to Mi­crosoft’s FAQ on the event, Bill Gates, “rec­og­nized a need for busi­ness lead­ers to gather and ex­change ex­pe­ri­ences around lead­ing global cor­po­ra­tions, and to learn about new tech­nolo­gies that will have an im­pact on busi­ness in the fu­ture.”

On this year’s agenda at the CEO Sum­mit which took place in Red­mond, Washington, May 10-12, were top­ics rang­ing from-

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