Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:45

Great Scott! LinkedIn's Kevin to become Microsoft's new CTO

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The joke around Redmond is that Kevin Scott, LinkedIn’s senior vice-president of Infrastructure, saw Microsoft’s chief technology officer position advertised on LinkedIn and decided to drink the Kool-Aid.

Microsoft acquired LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion mid-last year and only closed the acquisition in late December. As Microsoft's CTO, Scott will drive strategic, cross-company initiatives to maximise Microsoft's impact with members and customers. He joins Microsoft's Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella.

Nadella said, "We are thrilled that Kevin will bring to Microsoft his unique expertise developing platforms and services that empower people and organisations. Kevin's first area of focus is to bring together the world's leading professional network and professional cloud."

Scott said, "The thing that gets me up in the morning and that has always excited me about technology is its role in empowering people and helping to enrich their lives. I am very optimistic about where Microsoft is headed and how we can continue to use technology to solve some of society's most important challenges."

Scott will continue to play an active role at LinkedIn and remain a member of LinkedIn's executive management team. His 20-year career spans both academia and industry as a researcher, engineer, and leader. Prior to his role as senior vice-president of Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn, Scott held engineering leadership roles at Box.net, Google, and AdMob. He even had a college internship at Microsoft.

He is also an adviser to several Silicon Valley start-ups, an active angel investor and founder of the non-profit organisation, Behind the Tech.

He is widely acknowledged as the person who saved LinkedIn’s back-end systems from the brink of destruction in 2011. Scott’s data storage and messaging systems have been open-sourced and used by other companies. 

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