Microsoft reorganizes its legal team


Microsoft announced some new changes for its legal team on Friday. The new changes are apparently part of a “broader initiative” to put a larger emphasis on security, privacy, and external relationships with government agencies, as well as universities and nonprofits.

The company has announced that Horacio Gutierrez is the new General Counsel, who will be reporting to Brad Smith. For those who don’t know, Brad Smith is the President and Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft. According to GeekWire, Gutierrez will be part of the company’s newly formed department, called Corporate, External and Legal Affairs.

Microsoft is also making some other changes:

  • Mary Snapp is now the corporate vice president of Philanthropy
  • John Frank to lead Microsoft’s EU government affairs
  • John Seethoff is now the corporate secretary

Interestingly enough, Scott Charney will continue to lead the company’s “trustworthy computing” team which will now be reporting to Brad Smith.