GM hires former Microsoft CFO Liddell as finance chief

Former Microsoft chief financial officer Chris Liddell is seriously shifting gears to become CFO of General Motors.

Former Microsoft chief financial officer Chris Liddell is seriously shifting gears to become CFO of General Motors.

In a statement, GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre said:

We're also looking to his experience and insights in corporate strategy as a member of the senior leadership team in helping our restructuring efforts.

With the move, GM gets a seasoned executive. Liddell, who stepped down from his Microsoft post in November, gets a big challenge. Microsoft and GM couldn't be more different. Microsoft is insanely profitable. GM is restructuring with a government lifeline. And culturally the two companies are different animals.

Liddell, who before coming to Microsoft was CFO of International Paper Co., will kick off his new gig at GM in the new year.

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