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Microsoft CIO Tony Scott leaves company for 'personal projects'

Scott managed the company's internal IT operations for the past five years.

Tony Scott, Microsoft's former chief information officer. Microsoft

Tony Scott, who as chief information officer managed Microsoft's internal IT operations for the past five years, is leaving the company.

The departure of Scott, whose LinkedIn profile describes him as the "former CIO" at the software giant, was announced to staff in an internal memo late last week, according to GeekWire, which first reported the news.

"Tony Scott decided to depart Microsoft to focus on personal projects," Microsoft said in a statement to GeekWire. "While at Microsoft, Tony was a strong IT leader passionate about taking Microsoft's technology to the next level and using our experiences and learnings to help customers and partners. We thank Tony for his contributions and wish him well."

Scott was hired in January 2008, taking over for Stuart Scott, who was fired the previous November for violating company policies. Before Microsoft Tony Scott led a major IT infrastructure upgrade at Walt Disney and served as chief technology officer at General Motors and vice president of operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb.