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Microsoft Names Amy Hood New CFO, the First Woman to Hold the Post

amy_hoodMicrosoft on Wednesday said that finance executive Amy Hood is taking over as CFO, effective immediately.

Hood replaces Peter Klein, who last month announced plans to step down.

“Amy brings the right talents and experiences to the role as we continue to strengthen our focus on devices and services,” CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement.

Hood, 41, has been at Microsoft for just over a decade, most recently serving as financial chief for the unit that includes Office.

With the move, Hood becomes the first woman to serve as financial chief. Microsoft also named Julie Larson-Green and Tami Reller to head the Windows business, also marking the first time that unit was not headed by a man.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik