Toni Townes-Whitley


As former president of US Regulated Industries at Microsoft, Toni Townes-Whitley led the US sales strategy for driving digital transformation across customers and partners within the public sector and regulated industries.

With responsibility for the 20,000+ sales organization and ~$11B P&L, she was one of the leading women at Microsoft, and in the technology industry, with a strong track record for accelerating profitable business performance and building high-performance teams. Her organization is responsible for executing on Microsoft’s industry strategy and go-to-market for both public sector and regulated industries in the United States, including Education, Financial Services, Government, and Health.

Townes-Whitley drove the formulation of Microsoft’s AI National Plans around the world and represented the global salesforce on Microsoft’s Aether Committee (AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research) - a Board created to recommend policies and procedures that address the implications and opportunities of AI on society.

Passionate about leveraging technology to create positive societal and global impact, Townes-Whitley represented Microsoft at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In this capacity, she worked with CEOs from each industry to address global issues around urbanization, climate change, and workforce readiness. Toni’s external efforts align to her innovation within Microsoft, specifically in the creation of a Digital Leadership vision and narrative that extends the company's focus beyond customer transformation to responsible and principled implementation of technology and inclusive transformation for every person and organization on the planet.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Townes-Whitley was president of CGI Federal, where she was responsible for a portfolio of more than $1 billion, leading 6,600 employees in more than 70 countries to deliver greater value to US Government civilian, defense, and intelligence sectors. Prior to her role at CGI, Townes-Whitley held several management roles at Unisys Corporation leading global, public sector systems integration and the Federal Civilian group, where she achieved 500 percent revenue growth and doubled profitability. Townes-Whitley serves on the boards of the PNC Financial Services Group, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and the North Virginia Technology Center, and continues to support the U.S. Peace Corps as a former volunteer who served three years as a village teacher in Central Africa.

She is an advisor to the Women’s Center of Northern Virginia, and a past president of Women in Technology. She has helped to launch new initiatives at Microsoft with the Athena Alliance, an organization that prepares women for corporate board roles, and Gender Fair, which rates companies on their fairness practices for leadership, employee policies, advertising and philanthropy. Toni also is the recipient of numerous awards that include: Women in Technology Leadership, Black Enterprise Top Executive, FedScoop Top50 for Industry Leadership, and NVTC Tech 100 Executive. Townes-Whitley continues to support the US Peace Corps for which she volunteered for three years as a village teacher in Gabon (Central Africa).

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy & Economics from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1985, and has received certifications from Wharton Executive Education, New York University (NYU), and the Performance Management Institute. She and her husband John H. Whitley reside in Mclean, VA. They have five children, six grandchildren and counting.