Panos Panay (Microsoft) US American business executive

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Panos Panay

Alma materCalifornia State University, Northridge
OccupationChief Product Officer at Microsoft
Known forSurface

Panos Costa Panay (Πάνος Κώστα Παναή[1]) is an American business executive and chief product officer of Microsoft.[2][3] He oversees the development of Surface products and related hardware, along with the Windows client operating system.[4]

Personal life

Panay received an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and a B.Sc. from California State University, Northridge.

He is of Greek-Cypriot descent. His first cousin, Panos (Andreas) Panay, is a music entrepreneur.[5]


Panay was responsible for electromechanical devices at NMB Technologies (a subsidiary of MinebeaMitsumi) in Michigan from 2000 to 2004.[6][7]


Panay joined Microsoft in 2004. Panay is sometimes considered the "father" of the Surface brand.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ Χαράλαμπος Ζάκος, "Κύπριος έφτιαξε τον υπολογιστή της Microsoft «Surface»-Θα βραβευτεί στο Προεδρικό από τον CIPA", NewsBomb Cyprus June 22, 2017
  2. ^ "Panos Panay (Bio)", Microsoft News Center
  3. ^ "Microsoft to combine Windows Client and Surface teams under product chief Panos Panay". TechSpot. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  4. ^ Foley, Mary Jo. "Microsoft to combine its Windows client and hardware teams under Chief Product Officer Panos Panay". ZDNet. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  5. ^ Reddit, "Ask me anything" with Panos Panay
  6. ^ "Panos Panay to Be Honored At the CIPA International Investment Awards Ceremony", Gold News, June 22, 2017
  7. ^ "Panos Panay" on LinkedIn
  8. ^ Lance Ulanoff, "With Surface, Microsoft is building a premium brand", Mashable June 15, 2017 [1]
  9. ^ Spence, Ewan. "Panos Panay, The Humble Heart Of Success Inside Microsoft's Surface Hardware". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  10. ^ "Microsoft reorg places Surface evangelist Panos Panay as boss of Windows too – report". Retrieved 2020-08-10.

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