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Microsoft Fires CIO Stuart Scott

Microsoft abruptly fired Chief Information Officer and corporate VP Stuart Scott this week, and everyone’s been trying to figure out why he was kicked out. Valleywag leads the pack, as always, wondering what the company means when it says he fired “for violation of company policies”. They also suggest that Microsoft fired him while he was traveling to his sister’s funeral, in order to further embarrass him. Most of the speculation is in the direction of him being fired for cheating, or rather having an affair with an employee of his.

Valleywag talks about another firing at the beginning of the year, that of Martin Taylor, Steve Ballmer’s right hand man. Apparently the rumor mill has been spinning on that one, with company insiders saying Taylor was given the boot for charging the company for hotel rooms he charged the company for, rooms he used for weekend getaways as part of an affair with a coworker.

Seems to be becoming a pattern, or perhaps not. People are always having office romances, and some people are always cheating on their wives (just read InsideGoogle). Microsoft is just standing up and being willing to fire these people, no matter how important they are to the company. You’ve got to respect that, applying company policies to everyone no matter their pay grade, though having to hire a fourth new CIO in four years must be getting tiring.

November 11th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Corporate, General | 3 comments

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  1. at the rate that this person was screwing up his organization, i say it’s good riddance to bad rubbish.

    Comment by Peter Ramirez | November 11, 2007

  2. I have a lot of respect for Microsoft for actually “enforcing” their policies. Some companies write these policies because they are “required” by law to run the corporation, but they sit on a shelf collecting dust. I have personally experienced working in an environment where the CIO has gone buck wild and his associates and sub-ordinates too. Microsoft has displayed that this type of unethical business behavior will not be accepted. I do believe that there is more to the story though. I think the affair is only a part of it. Usually, affairs are the beginning to a long line of “violated company policies”. I wonder if Stuart now thinks it was worth it…

    Comment by SF | November 13, 2007

  3. “Don’t let the little head do the thinking for the big head.”
    Jeff at the Used Car lot.

    Comment by Chuck | November 14, 2007

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