Feeds

Ashley Highfield quits Microsoft, becomes Scotsman boss

Former iPlayer overlord gets £500k hello

Boost IT visibility and business value

Ashley Highfield is leaving Microsoft following a management restructure at the company.

A replacement for Highfield has already been found. Microsoft has hired Andy Hart, who previously worked at Associated Northcliffe Digital.

He will head up the software vendor's advertising and online division in the UK.

A recent reorg at Microsoft meant Highfield's remit to oversee Microsoft's consumer and online wing – with responsibilty for Windows, Windows Mobile, advertising and the web – had effectively been downgraded.

The erstwhile digital media BBC exec is heading to newspaper publisher Johnston Press as the company's new CEO. That tenure begins in November, and – to ease him in – Highfield has been handed a hefty £500,000 share package.

Notable titles published by Johnston include The Scotsman and Yorkshire Post newspapers.

Highfield joined Microsoft in November 2008, after quitting his director of future media and technology role at the Beeb where he oversaw the development of the iPlayer, which took several years to complete and ran millions of pounds over budget. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?