Darren C. Laybourn is a General Manager at Microsoft and is responsible for leading the Dynamics Research and Development group in Microsoft Business Solutions; his primary focus is on Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics Mobile. Since joining Microsoft, Mr. Laybourn has been leading frameworks and tools teams in the Business Solutions Division and the Developer Division. He joined Microsoft as a result of the Microsoft acquisition of Great Plains Software in 2001 where he served as Executive Vice President of Research and Development for Great Plains. Mr. Laybourn joined Great Plains Software in 1994 and prior to that time was employed by the Boeing Company in Seattle, where he led development efforts supporting manufacturing and corporate computing infrastructure. Mr. Laybourn hails from the state of Washington and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Washington.