Microsoft announced that Chris Liddell will be leaving company at the end of 2009, and named Peter Klein as the company’s new chief financial officer. Klein, 47, joined Microsoft in February 2002 and currently serves as CFO of Microsoft’s Business Division, overseeing all financial strategy, management and reporting for the $18.9 billion business with 7,800 full-time employees. Previously, Klein served three years as CFO of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business. “My time at Microsoft has been an outstanding experience, and I am delighted to be leaving the company in such great shape,” Liddell said. Liddell, 51, joined Microsoft in May 2005 after serving as CFO at International Paper Co., and chief executive officer of Carter Holt Harvey Ltd., then New Zealand’s second-largest listed company. He said he is looking at a number of opportunities that will expand his career beyond being a CFO.
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