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Microsoft HR SVP steps down

Microsoft said its senior vice president of human resources, Deborah Willingham, will retire. Willingham, who joined Microsoft in 1993 and became head of HR two years ago, oversaw the growth of Microsoft's worldwide head count to 50,000 from 30,000 since 2000.

While Willingham is the highest-ranking woman on Microsoft's payroll, the company recently hired Maggie Wilderotter, who after the Thanksgiving holiday will be senior vice president of business strategy. The company is looking both internally and externally to replace Willingham, who will leave in February to pursue other interests that include travel, charity work and corporate board memberships.