Donald Kossmann is a Distringuished Scientist and Managing Director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Redmond. Before joining Microsoft, he was a professor in the Systems Group of the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). He received his MS in 1991 from the University of Karlsruhe and completed his PhD in 1995 at the Technical University of Aachen. After that, he held positions at the University of Maryland, the IBM Almaden Research Center, the University of Passau, the Technical University of Munich, and the University of Heidelberg. He was a co-founder of three start-ups in the areas of Web data management and cloud computing.