VR startup Mesmerise snaps up ex-Microsoft VP to advisory board

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VR company Mesmerise has kicked off 2021 with two new additions to its advisory board, including former Microsoft Vice President Derrick Connell.
Virtual reality (VR) company Mesmerise has kicked off 2021 with two new additions to its advisory board, including former Microsoft Vice President Derrick Connell.

UK-based Mesmerise creates VR and augmented reality (AR) environments for businesses. This includes VR training, AR companion apps and VR gatherings.

Connell spent 28 years at Microsoft in a number of senior roles, most recently as corporate vice president for search & AI. He retired in 2020 and now spends his time as a product and strategy adviser for non-profits and startups.

Also joining the advisory board is business coach Anna Rowley, who has spent more than 20 years as a consulting psychologist to tech companies including Microsoft, GoDaddy and Yahoo. Like Connell, she has most recently been working with startups.

They join seasoned tech executive Sean West and Juan Pujadas, retired PwC vice chairman, member of the board of directors at Wells Fargo and chairman emeritus of the Association of…
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