Sheila Gulati is a seasoned software expert with a wide range of experience as a software-focused investment banker, an M&A leader within a tech megacap, a web developer, and a business strategist and business owner for a large software division inside Microsoft. Ms. Gulati blends her financial and strategic acumen with her deep knowledge and passion for software businesses.
Ms. Gulati was the business and marketing leader for the Enterprise Application Platform for Microsoft. This responsibility included the company's Database and Developer Platform and Tools businesses, SQL Server, Visual Studio Development Tools, and the .NET platform, contributing $5 billion in annual global revenue. She led a global team that managed all aspects of marketing for the Application Platform product portfolio, including the product definition, value proposition, messaging, pricing and offers, and all external product communication.
She co-owned the Enterprise IT strategy for Microsoft to drive a successful major business shift to capture more revenue share and seize new computing trends, including the shift to cloud computing and the evolution of data technologies. Ms. Gulati spent over a decade at Microsoft in other roles, including Developer and Platform Evangelism, Business Management, Corporate M&A, and Strategy.
Prior to Microsoft, Ms. Gulati was an investment banker for Robertson Stephens, where she closely partnered with her clients to drive financing, acquisitions, investments, and joint ventures. Early in her career, she spent time as a web developer for public and private sector organizations. Ms. Gulati is a second-generation software entrepreneur, and she grew up alongside her family's software company in New York.