Panos Panay

Panos Costa Panay

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

Panos Costa Panay (Greek: Πάνος Κώστα Παναή)[1] is an American business executive. He is the chief product officer of Microsoft, where he oversees the company's Windows and Devices division.[2][3][4] He oversees the development of Surface products and related hardware, along with the Windows client operating system.[5]

Panay introduced Windows 11 on the Windows Experience Blog on June 24, 2021.[2]

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.[6]


Panay was responsible for electromechanical devices at NMB Technologies (a subsidiary of MinebeaMitsumi) in Michigan from 2000 to 2004.[7][8]


Panay joined Microsoft in 2004. Panay is sometimes considered the "father" of the Surface brand.[9][10][11] In late August 2021, he was promoted to become an executive vice president and joined the senior leadership team that advises CEO Satya Nadella. [12]


  1. ^ Χαράλαμπος Ζάκος, "Κύπριος έφτιαξε τον υπολογιστή της Microsoft «Surface»-Θα βραβευτεί στο Προεδρικό από τον CIPA", NewsBomb Cyprus June 22, 2017
  2. ^ a b Panos Panay, "Introducing Windows 11", Windows Experience Blog, June 24, 2021
  3. ^ "Panos Panay (Bio)", Microsoft News Center
  4. ^ "Microsoft to combine Windows Client and Surface teams under product chief Panos Panay". TechSpot. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  5. ^ Foley, Mary Jo. "Microsoft to combine its Windows client and hardware teams under Chief Product Officer Panos Panay". ZDNet. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  6. ^ Reddit, "Ask me anything" with Panos Panay
  7. ^ "Panos Panay to Be Honored At the CIPA International Investment Awards Ceremony", Gold News, June 22, 2017
  8. ^ "Panos Panay" on LinkedIn
  9. ^ Lance Ulanoff, "With Surface, Microsoft is building a premium brand", Mashable June 15, 2017 [1]
  10. ^ Spence, Ewan. "Panos Panay, The Humble Heart Of Success Inside Microsoft's Surface Hardware". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  11. ^ "Microsoft reorg places Surface evangelist Panos Panay as boss of Windows too – report". Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  12. ^ "Microsoft Promotes Product Chief Panay to Senior Leadership Team". Bloomberg. 25 August 2021. Retrieved 29 October 2022.