Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/25/microsoft_cfo_goes/

Microsoft loses top beancounter

CFO looks for pastures beyond Redmond and beans

By John Oates

Posted in Business, 25th November 2009 09:53 GMT

Microsoft is saying goodbye to its chief beancounter, Chris Liddell, after four and a half years in the post.

CFO Liddell leaves at the end of the year and will be replaced by Peter Klein - currently CFO of Microsoft's business division. Klein worked in corporate finance before joining Microsoft.

Steve Ballmer said Liddell had achieved a lot, and, sounding even more gnomic than usual: "The team is deep and strong..."

Liddell joined the software giant in 2005 from Carter Holt Harvey Ltd - New Zealand's second largest listed company. He is looking for "opportunities that will expand his career beyond being a CFO".

Full statement here. ®