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Microsoft picks up Yahoo operations exec

Dayne Sampson, a high-ranking Yahoo operations guru who's worked at other Net powers, is heading to Microsoft's Global Foundation Services group.

Microsoft has hired Dayne Sampson, a Yahoo vice president of operations since 2006, the software giant said Monday.

"We're very excited to have Dayne Sampson join the team, reporting to Debra Chrapaty, corporate vice president of Global Foundation Services (GFS). Operations and foundation services are key to delivering the Microsoft software plus services vision, and Dayne's extensive operations and industry experience will be a strong asset for GFS and the company," the company said in a statement.

GFS, which runs Microsoft's data centers, is an important part of Microsoft's effort to expand from software to online services to better compete against Yahoo, Google, Facebook, and other Net powers. Microsoft has hired a number of Yahoo notables, including Qi Lu, Sean Suchter, Larry Heck, and Scott Moore.

Sampson has long history at Net companies. Before working at Yahoo, Sampson was senior vice president of IT and operations at InterActive Corp. (IAC), and before that, vice president of IT and operations at

(Via All Things D.)