Microsoft announced it has named Kevin Scott to the newly created role of chief technology officer (CTO) for the company. The company said this is an expansion of Scott’s new role as senior vice president of Infrastructure at the Microsoft-owned business social media site LinkedIn.

As Microsoft’s CTO, Scott will be responsible for driving strategic, cross-company initiatives to maximize the company’s impact on customers. As part of the appointment. Scott joins Microsoft’s Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to CEO Satya Nadella.

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

Scott said he is optimistic about where Microsoft is headed and how it can continue to use technology to solve some of society’s most important challenges. He will continue to play an active role at LinkedIn as senior vice president of Infrastructure and remain a member of LinkedIn’s executive management team.

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. He is an adviser to several Silicon Valley startups, an active angel investor and founder of the nonprofit organization Behind the Tech.

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