Microsoft appoints group CFO

Microsoft has broken with tradition and appointed an outsider as group CFO.

Chris Liddell, formerly CFO at Fortune 100 business International Paper, takes the reins at the software giant.

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Prior to his role at IP, Liddell served as chief executive officer of one of New Zealand’s largest companies, Carter Holt Harvey.

‘Chris brings great talent and skills both in finance and in business leadership,’ said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. ‘Having been both CEO and CFO of international companies gives him the ability to contribute broadly to our finance, operations and business strategy.’

Former Microsoft CFO John Connors left to become a partner at Seattle-based venture capital firm Ignition Partners, which was created by former executives from Microsoft and wireless company McCaw.

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