Microsoft announces LinkedIn executive Kevin Scott as its new CTO

Microsoft today announced that LinkedIn executive Kevin Scott will be the new chief technology officer (CTO) for the company. As Microsoft’s CTO, Scott will drive strategic, cross-company initiatives to maximize Microsoft’s impact with members and customers. Kevin Scott will also continue the role of Senior Vice President of Infrastructure at LinkedIn responsible for data, data infrastructure, AI, development infrastructure and programming platforms, production operations, SRE, security, IT, and internal systems.

By becoming the CTO of Microsoft, Scott joins Microsoft’s Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella.

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

“The thing that gets me up in the morning and that has always excited me about technology is its role in empowering people and helping to enrich their lives,” Scott said. “I am very optimistic about where Microsoft is headed and how we can continue to use technology to solve some of society’s most important challenges.”

Prior to his role as senior vice president of Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn, Kevin 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.