Richard Eckel is the Senior Director of Communications at Microsoft in Cambridge, MA. He is responsible for managing the company’s news and image agendas. Previously he served as the VP of Marketing Communications at Groove Network, VP of Communications at Parametric Technology and Director of Corp Comms at the Lotus Development Corp. He specializes in analyst relations, strategic partnerships, and product marketing. He received his BA in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.