The move is in line with the company's goal of ensuring stability among all of its data centers, as it takes steps to make its ambition of building the largest public cloud in the world a reality.
Microsoft's Chief Environmental Strategist, Rob Bernard, explains in a blog post the importance of having talented individuals like Hanna on board the team as the company tries to achieve its goals:
“We are making investments across Microsoft to help us achieve these goals, including working with our utility partners on renewable energy and developing pilot projects that better integrate clean energy into our servers. We are also expanding our strong team of experts focused on these important issues.”
Bernard also mentioned of how Hanna's background as Starbuck's environmental director will be invaluable to his new role in Microsoft as the new Datacenter Sustainability director:
“Jim joins us from Starbucks, where he served as Director of Environmental Affairs. Over the past decade, he has driven global strategies to address sustainability issues across the company, from the supply chain to energy and water reduction to policy engagements. This experience will be invaluable in his new role, as our data centers now operate in 24 regions globally.”