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Microsoft names new CFO

Microsoft has appointed Chris Liddell as CFO, replacing John Connors who left the company in January. Liddell most recently served as CFO at International Paper, a Fortune 100 company. Before that, 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, chief executive officer at Microsoft. "Having been both CEO and CFO of international companies gives him the ability to contribute broadly to our finance, operations and business strategy."

As CFO, Liddell will be responsible for leading an organization that is well respected and known for its strong governance, transparency and focus on results. He will lead the worldwide finance organization and will have responsibility for accounting and reporting, strategic planning and analysis, treasury, tax, audit, and investor relations.

"The tremendous level of optimism, energy and passion for excellence at Microsoft was a major factor behind why I am delighted to take on this opportunity," Liddell said. "Given Microsoft's track record of innovation, outstanding people and proven ability to create value, the opportunities that lie ahead are nearly limitless."

Most recently, Liddell was CFO at International Paper, the world's largest forest products company, and was responsible for strategic planning, accounting, tax, treasury, risk management, pension plan and internal audit.

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