Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota is reportedly close to deciding whether to run for president as a dark horse and has already started interviewing political advisers who have worked with prior Republican presidential campaigns.
Burgum is anticipated to decide during the following several weeks.
Burgum’s position as co-founder and CEO of Great Plains Software, a firm that specializes in accounting software for small and medium-sized enterprises, has made him the most well-known figure in the private sector.
He was a key contributor to the company’s expansion and development, which led to its eventual status as a top supplier of business management solutions.
Great Plains Software was purchased by Microsoft Corporation in 2001 for around $1.1 billion.
Burgum joined Microsoft after the acquisition and oversaw the incorporation of Great Plains Software into the firm as Senior Vice President of Microsoft Business Solutions.
He worked to improve Microsoft’s enterprise software solutions throughout his time there and was instrumental in advancing important strategic projects.
In 2016, Burgum entered the sphere of public service by running for the position of North Dakota governor. He won the general election after securing the Republican nomination, becoming president on December 15, 2016.
Burgum has prioritized a number of policy issues throughout his tenure as governor, including education, technological innovation, and economic development.
According to sources close to Burgum, the governor would likely prioritize the economy and energy in a presidential campaign.