As the corporate vice president of Internal Audit at Microsoft, Melvin Flowers oversees the Internal Audit Department and Financial Integrity Unit with the principal charge of ensuring that management has designed and implemented sound internal controls of compliance and business ethics. As an independent, objective source of assurance and consultation, he adds value by bringing a systematic, disciplined and balanced approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of internal controls, risk management, control and governance processes. He reports his findings and recommendations to senior management and the Audit Committee.
Melvin joined Microsoft in December 2003. Before his promotion to CVP, Melvin was the Chief Financial Officer for Mobile Communications and Music Business within Entertainment and Devices Division. Within each group he's responsible for financial and business performance management, including financial reporting, business planning, budgeting, investor/analyst relationships and alliance management. Prior to becoming CFO, Melvin began his career at Microsoft as the Senior Controller for the Mobile and Embedded Devices business. He was responsible for accounting, management reporting, and internal controls and compliance.
Before Microsoft, Melvin was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Novatel Wireless for over 4 years and before that he was VP and CFO of publicly held companies such as ACT Networks and Spectra med Inc. Through his 33 years in the finance and business development field, Melvin was President of Pacific Earth Resources and a member of the Gold Coast branch of the MIT Enterprise Forum. He is currently on the advisory board of Blacks at Microsoft, Board member of Enterprise Mobile and a Mentor for the College Success Foundation.
Melvin graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and grew-up in the Chicago area. Aside from his dedication to his career Melvin is an avid runner, enjoys jazz and R&B music, golf and history.