Richard Wakeman

Senior Director, Aerospace & Defense for Azure Global Engineering and Commercial Industry Lead for Azure Government


Richard Wakeman is the Senior Director of Aerospace & Defense for Azure Global Engineering, and is the commercial industry lead for Azure Government, Microsoft’s cloud solution specifically engineered to meet US government compliance and security requirements. He specializes in the Defense Industrial Base adopting cloud services from Microsoft and is the Program Manager for the Microsoft Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Acceleration Program. Richard engages with Microsoft partners and customers end-to-end from engineering to drive adoption of Azure Government, Microsoft 365 GCC High and Dynamics 365 GCC High as solutions within the Microsoft US Sovereign Cloud.

Richard joined Microsoft in 2007 as a developer, identity and messaging expert at the dawn of Microsoft Online Services. Shortly after joining, he was engaged by the Exchange Product Group to lead cloud deployments worldwide for [email protected] as part of the Exchange Labs program, the predecessor of Office 365. He led the charge for integration of MCS and Premier services with cloud offerings, becoming a Senior Architect for the Microsoft Enterprise Services Business Productivity Global Domain Solution Architecture Office. During the decade tenure in professional services, Richard had impact in deploying over 100 million seats into the Microsoft cloud. He deployed the first Microsoft cloud customers, to include the first million seat organization in the public multi-tenant cloud to the first Government Community Cloud customer.

Following his role in Microsoft Enterprise Services, Richard joined the sales organization as the lead Modern Workplace Global Black Belt for Aerospace & Defense. In the GBB role, Richard engaged with the Defense Industrial Base adopting Microsoft 365 GCC High.

In his role guiding customer journeys to the cloud, Richard has worked with hundreds of the most prominent world-wide accounts, adopting the evolving Microsoft Online Services from [email protected] to BPOS to Office 365 and Azure, and now Microsoft’s new sovereign clouds such as Azure Government.