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Microsoft hires former Disney, GM exec as CIO

Tony Scott, who replaces the CIO fired in November, will run Microsoft's internal IT operations.

Martin LaMonica Former Staff writer, CNET News
Martin LaMonica is a senior writer covering green tech and cutting-edge technologies. He joined CNET in 2002 to cover enterprise IT and Web development and was previously executive editor of IT publication InfoWorld.
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Microsoft said on Thursday that it has hired Tony Scott as chief information officer to head management of its internal IT systems.

Scott fills a position open since November, when Microsoft fired previous CIO Stuart Scott for violating company policies. The company did not disclose which policies those were. Tony Scott will report to Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.

In a statement, Turner said Scott's responsibilities will focus on making the most out of Microsoft's IT investments, providing feedback to Microsoft product groups, and sharing best practices with other high level IT executives.

Scott comes to Microsoft from Walt Disney, where he led a major IT infrastructure upgrade. Before that, he was chief technology officer at General Motors and vice president of operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb.