Microsoft nabs another Yahoo exec

Larry Heck, a vice president in Yahoo's search business, will start in a few weeks.

Microsoft is continuing its one-employee-at-a-time acquisition of Yahoo.

The software maker confirmed late Wednesday that it has hired Larry Heck, a Yahoo vice president.

Microsoft said that Heck will start in a few weeks and report to Satya Nadella, senior vice president of the online services division of Microsoft's R&D group.

"We look forward to welcoming him to the team," Microsoft said in a statement.

Heck is the latest in a string of executives to move from Yahoo to Microsoft, with the most notable being Qi Lu, who now runs Microsoft's online unit . Other high profile hires by Microsoft include Sean Suchter and Scott Moore .

Heck's early tenure at Yahoo was marked by controversy. After he joined the company from speech recognition technology maker Nuance Communications, Nuance sued Yahoo, saying Heck helped poach a dozen workers from Nuance.

Microsoft, which last year offered billions to buy Yahoo, has said it remains interested in a search partnership.

Heck's hiring was reported earlier Wednesday by Bloomberg News.

 

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