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Krumholtz, Microsoft’s K Street legend, is leaving

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Politico has the scoop that Jack Krumholtz, the founder of Microsoft’s government affairs office, has told his staff that he is resigning “to seek other challenges,” the paper reports.

Krumholtz, 47, opened the company’s lobby shop in March 1995, as a one-man operation.

Based in the company’s Chevy Chase sales office, Krumholtz preferred to conduct business out of his personal car parked along the side streets around the Capitol.

His driver’s seat e-mails and conference calls became so common, he became known in K Street circles simply as “Jack in his Jeep.”

Krumholtz no longer has the Jeep. But he’ll leave behind a shop with two dozen employees that has become a model for other firms, particularly in the technology community, on how to engage in Washington.

Under his guidance, Microsoft weathered a Justice Department investigation and antitrust lawsuit, which was settled in 2001, and began rebuilding the company’s reputation and standing in Washington.

Read the full story here.

Politico reports that the software giant is expected to name a replacement soon.

Written by cdorobek

December 4, 2008 at 2:37 PM

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