Microsoft has appointed LinkedIn executive Kevin Scott to the newly created role of chief technology officer.
The role of Microsoft CTO was created to help the company achieve its aim of being the world’s leading professional network and professional cloud provider.
Reporting directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Scott will be responsible for driving cross-company initiatives to maximise Microsoft’s impact with members and customers.
“We are thrilled that Kevin will bring to Microsoft his unique expertise developing platforms and services that empower people and organisations,” said Nadella. “Kevin’s first area of focus is to bring together the world’s leading professional network and professional cloud.”
Scott will continue to play an active role at LinkedIn as senior vice president of infrastructure, and a member of the company’s executive management team.
“The thing that gets me up in the morning and that has always excited me about technology is its role in empowering people and helping to enrich their lives,” said Scott. “I am very optimistic about where Microsoft is headed and how we can continue to use technology to solve some of society’s most important challenges.”