Microsoft Fires Its CIO

In a surprise move, Microsoft announced it’s fired chief information officer Stuart Scott for what the company called “violation of company policies.”

The software giant did not disclose any further information regarding his departure, but said that his termination came after an investigation.

Scott became CIO in 2005. Previously, he worked at General Electric for 17 years, where he was CIO of several divisions, according to his biography on Microsoft’s corporate Web site. He also led the IT group responsible for security, infrastructure, messaging and business applications for all of Microsoft, including support of Microsoft product groups, corporate business groups, and the global sales and marketing organization.

Scott, who was also a corporate vice president, reported to chief operating officer Kevin Turner.

Microsoft is being tight lipped about Scott’s firing. In fact, an annotation on his bio page, dated Monday, only says he quit working there in “early November.”

“In the interim, Microsoft general manager Shahla Aly and corporate vice president Alain Crozier will assume his responsibilities until a replacement is identified,” said a statement released by the company.

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