Zoltan Kozma has been hired as the Legal Director for Hungary at Microsoft.
Kozma joins the team after his predecessor, Andrea Simandi, took on a regional role as the company's European Data Protection Attorney (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on March 14, 2017).
Prior to joining the company, Kozma was a Legal Counsel and the Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications in Budapest at DLA Piper, a firm he was with since May 2002. Earlier still, he worked as a Senior Legal Consultant with the UNHCR.
Commenting on his move, Kozma told CEE Legal Matters: "I am very excited to join Microsoft Corporate, External, & Legal Affairs as a new member of a highly professional CEE team. I really hope that my past experience in working for various clients in the technology, media, and telecommunication sector for over 15 years will bring value for Microsoft in accelerating cloud adoption and digital transformation in Hungary. With the upcoming GDPR this is such an exciting time to join Microsoft, and one of my immediate priorities is assisting customers to understand how Microsoft can help with its technology and other resources in their compliance journey."
To fill the gap left by Kozma's departure, DLA Piper hired Csaba Vari, who joins from Squire Patton Boggs as a Senior Associate. According to Andras Posztl, DLA Piper's Country Managing Partner, Vari was brought on to "grow into the role of Head of Practice."