Ashley Highfield goes from MS to GMT Industry Council

Microsoft’s UK Managing Director and VP, Ashley Highfield, has been appointed to the council for a European private equity and investment group.

As an appointed expert on the GMT Industry Council panel Ashfield will be responsible for indentifying trends and opportunities in the communications markets such as media and telecoms that the GMT can then throw its considerable weight behind.

Up to this point GMT has established three funds since launching in 1993, organising syndicated portfolio financings with a total value of $4.9 billion by setting up funds worth over $1 billion.

And now Ashfield will join a number of other experts in the communications technology field in charge of the GMT war chest.

Ashfield has so far been involved in a series of high level jobs in the industry, and is currently in charge of consumer services at Microsoft over a variety of platforms with responsibilities including Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox Live, MSN, Hotmail and Internet Explorer.

“I am delighted to have been appointed to the GMT Industry Council,” he predictably commented on his appointment. “I hope the combination of my sector knowledge and their media-focused portfolio will help find the next digital entrepreneurial success stories,” GMT’s press team ghostwrote.

Past expertise includes the launch of the BBC’s iPlayer, and was awarded the Digital Innovation award from the Sunday Times before its paywall.

Ashfield has also been selected to be part of the Tories’ review of Creative Industries that aims to set up up Conservative policy following the Digital Britain white paper.