Alessandro Catorcini is a Senior Lead Program Manager on the API team in Live Search. He is responsible for exposing the capabilities of the Live Search engine to developers and facilitating the success of the technology’s adopters. Catorcini joined Microsoft in 2000 as a Technical Program Manager working on the XML features for NetDocs and Office InfoPath design-time. In 2004, he moved to the Common Language Runtime team of .NET, where he was responsible for the managed code reliability features and for the support of major partners adopting .NET technology. Prior to working at Microsoft, Catorcini worked as a Software Architect at Rina Spa in the shipbuilding industry. At this company, he designed the application for ship classification and built a cutting-edge editorial system. His background in this industry stemmed from his duty as a Technical Officer in the Weapon Engineering Corps of the Italian Navy. Catorcini was in charge of the validation and testing of the deliveries from the private sector to the Navy, including the fitting of new constructions and the refitting of existing vessels. Catorcini graduated from the University of Genoa in Italy with a degree in Electronic Engineering. In his spare time, he is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with his son.