Microsoft appoints LinkedIn Senior VP Kevin Scott as Chief Technology Officer

Kip Kniskern

Microsoft, LinkedIn

Microsoft has named Kevin Scott, a LinkedIn Senior Vice President (for Infrastructure), as its new CTO. Scott will join Microsoft’s senior leadership team, and report directly to CEO Satya Nadella.

Microsoft touted the position as a “newly created role,” although Nathan Myhrvold, who came to Microsoft when the company bought his Dynamical Systems Research company in 1986, also held the title, according to Wikipedia. Myhrvold was a founder of Microsoft Research, and left Microsoft after 13 years to start Intellectual Ventures, a “patent portfolio developer.”

Scott will continue to hold his SVP role with LinkedIn, and continue to serve on the newly acquired company’s executive management team. He brings a lot of experience to Microsoft, according to the blog post announcing his promotion:

His distinguished 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 a number of engineering leadership roles at Google and AdMob. Scott is an adviser to several Silicon Valley startups, an active angel investor and founder of the nonprofit organization Behind the Tech.
Scott will “drive strategic, cross-company initiatives to maximize Microsoft’s impact with members and customers” in his new role.