Sonia Bashir Kabir, managing director of Microsoft Bangladesh, has won the highly prestigious Founders Award given by Bill Gates, the company said in a statement yesterday.
This award is the highest honour to any Microsoft employee. Of the 100,000 employees of Microsoft, 15 won this award this year.
Sonia was chosen from Asia Pacific and given the award at Microsoft’s annual general meeting held in US last week before an audience of over 10,000 enthusiastic employees.
Founders award is given for superior leadership, innovation and significant contributions to the business with outstanding impact.
Individuals are selected from the Platinum Club Outstanding Achiever winners for giving this honour.
Founders Award winners receive a Rolex watch with Bill Gates initials and awardees initials.
Sonia has also been awarded Microsoft’s highest award for Outstanding Achievement, the Circle of Excellence Platinum Club.
Less than 2% of the Microsoft’s nearly 1,00,000 employees received this award this year, which recognizes the company’s strongest contributors and top performers.
Sonia said: “I was truly humbled and surprised by both the awards. It is a great recognition and I am super excited about the future of Microsoft in Bangladesh especially aligning with our prime minister’s digital Bangladesh initiative.”