LinkedIn infrastructure head becomes Microsoft CTO

Kevin Scott's first task will be to merge LinkedIn and Microsoft's cloud service

LinkedIn's ex-senior vice president of infrastructure, Kevin Scott, has been appointed CTO of Microsoft, reporting directly to the company's CEO Satya Nadella.

Although he will remain part of LinkedIn's executive management team, Scott's focus will be to help keep Microsoft as a whole on the right path as it continues to innovate. Previously, the role has been held in each of Microsoft's individual departments.

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

Scott has 20 years of experience in the tech industry. Before joining LinkedIn, he worked in Google's mobile advertising team and was instrumental in pushing for the company's acquisition of AdMob, where he had previously worked in the engineering and operations team.

He's active in the investment community as well and has made substantial financial ventures in companies including LiveLoop, which has now also been acquired by Microsoft, Sift Science, LocalResponse, Namo Media, DocSend, PipelineDB, Vida, Stuph, Wavefront, RipFog, Poynt, Luma, Ascend.io, Cardiogram, Fauna, and Spoke.

According to Microsoft, Scott is also the co-inventor of patents in the areas of search and information extraction. He has also written books about dynamic binary rewriting and served as lecturer and visiting researcher at the department of computer science at the University of Goettingen, Germany and research assistant at the department of computer science at the University of Virginia.

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