Christian Gaardmark

Technical Program Manager with 18 years of setting program direction, leading teams and delivering results at both Meta and Microsoft. I also have 4.5 years of experience as a Software Engineering at Microsoft and WBT Systems. I bring passion for designing systems at scale, partnering with people and teams, and delivering quality products for our customers

Work Experience

Meta, Technical Program Manager (TPM)

4 years setting product direction and goals, and delivering impact for 10K+ internal MAP, 2B+ external MAP


TPM on Meta’s i18n Foundation team (Jan 2021 - Present)

·       Spearheaded defining our topline and roadmaps. In partnership with EM supported the team execute on our plans. Completed hack-a-quarter as a software engineer (SWE)


TPM on Meta’s internal Content Platform team (Aug 2017 - Jan 2021)

·       Defined program vision and developed topline metrics for 2 internal products. Created multi-year roadmaps. Both programs including partnering across Meta and getting engineering headcount from cross-org VPs


Microsoft, Program Manager (PM)

14 years of leading, envisioning, and creating Microsoft 365/Office internal and external products and services


Senior PM on the Office International Tools team (Mar 2015 – Aug 2017)

·       Together with a super talented team, worked across Windows, Azure, and Office divisions within Microsoft (and with their translation suppliers) to build a common Localization Platform and Service. Those very services enabled Microsoft to ship software and content in 100+ languages, and help Office, Windows and Azure users and developers across the world, get more done, faster

Senior Lead PM on Office International Tools (Jan 2014 - Mar 2015)

·       Co-lead efforts developing the next generation Office localization system on Microsoft Azure. This included turning a team around, and helping the team adopt agile development processes while shipping services that enabled our internal users confidently ship their products

Senior PM on the Office Connected Services team (Nov 2012 - Jan 2014)

·       Responsible for delivering core services used by the Office clients (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) across platforms consume as part of compelling scenarios. One of said services enabled Office to discover all other services that Office needs. The services were all built on top of Windows Azure

Senior Lead PM on (Mar 2010 - Nov 2012)

·       Worked with a multitude of teams mainly within Microsoft and architecting/designing on top of the Microsoft SharePoint platform and driving for real world results across these teams and making others great in the process


Lead PM on Office Globalization team (Jul 2008 - Mar 2010)

·       My team designed systems and processes that made it possible for Microsoft Office to be released into 100+ markets


Microsoft, Software Engineer (SWE)

3+ years of designing and implementing Microsoft internal tools in C++


Software Design Engineer on the Office Globalization team (Jun 2001 - Jul 2003)

·       Designed, implemented, tested and supported internal localization tools. The last version I worked on we were able to reduce external localization spend by 40%

·       Other: Created an internal design pattern study group and restructured our internal team shared code base

Software Developer Engineer within the Windows Server Apps Division (October 1998 - November 1999)

·       My responsibilities included building localized versions of Windows, bug fixing localized versions and supporting internal and external localization teams


WBT Systems, Software Engineer (SWE)

1.5+ years of designing and implementing products on Windows in C++ enabling training-course-designers create web-based training


Software Engineer on the Training Assistant team (Nov 1999 - Jun 2001)

·       Designed and implemented several features in a training authoring tool called TopClass Publisher and related import tools

·       Other: I designed and partnered on a common code repository across WBT



Bachelor’s in Computer Science (CS)

Datamatician Computer Science Programme, Denmark (Aug 1994 - Nov 1997)

·       Specialty: User Interfaces & Prototyping within Object Oriented System Development


Just for Fun!

·, discover connections that you didn't know you had (100 MAP)

·       My Templates!, an easy way of managing your templates from within the Windows Explorer Shell (0 MAP!)