Microsoft CIO Stuart Scott is out

Microsoft CIO Stuart Scott is out

Summary: Stuart Scott, who joined Microsoft in 2005 as Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, was ousted from the company, as of November 5 for violating company policies, Microsoft officials said.


Stuart Scott, who joined Microsoft in 2005 as Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, has left was ousted from the company, as of November 5 for violating company policies, Microsoft officials said.

According to a statement from a Microsoft spokesperson:

"We can confirm that Stuart Scott was terminated after an investigation for violation of company policies , and have no further information to share. "

Before joining Microsoft, Scott worked for 17 years at General Electric, where he held a variety of roles. Most recently, he was the CIO for several divisions there.

Scott reported to Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.

Microsoft CIO Scott Stuart is outMicrosoft first acknowledged Scott's departure in a short note on its corporate Web site.

Scott's departure seems somewhat abrupt. In late October, Scott appeared on stage with Turner at an InformationWeek 500 conference. At that conference, Scott spoke about his work to centralize Microsoft's IT operations. From a write-up of his October appearance at the conference:

"One of Scott's biggest efforts to date has been to centralize IT operations, pulling functions in from the business units and in some cases stomping out "shadow IT" functions that inevitably sprout in such a tech-smart company. The company has consolidated 26 data centers to five and eliminated about 1,000 applications in two years, with the goal of taking out another 1,000."

I asked Microsoft for comment as to why Scott left and/or who will succeed him and updated the post with their response above. Still no word on who will succeed Scott.

One more update from the spokespeople in the know:

"In the interim, Microsoft General Manager Shahla Aly and Corporate Vice President Alain Crozier will assume Stuart's responsibilities until a replacement is identified."

Topics: Data Centers, CXO, Hardware, Microsoft, Storage


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • I want to see the big fish leave!

    I'm talking ballmer & Gate$.
    Probably this guy did not shared the booty with others at the top and was outed.
    Linux Geek
  • He probably disabled WAU

    On his work computer, or worse yet
    (horrors), they caught him running a Mac, or
    the worstest of all (Uuuuggghhhhh!), running
    Linux on his home computer.

    Unforgivable sins, all of them.
    Ole Man
  • RE: Microsoft CIO Scott Stuart is out

    Interesting...Microsoft has a habit of keeping people hired just to keep them out of competitor???s hands. (By competitor???s hands I mean Google, or IBM, not Apple.) I wonder if he has been leaking information?
  • Unplanned whatever it was

    [i]was ousted from the company, as of November 5 for violating company policies,[/i]

    That's usually something pretty bad. Coupled with the short notice and no succession in place. Bad and unexpected. This isn't p0rn on a company computer bad or even p0rn star on a company plane. It's worse than that.
    • Agree

      Yep agree. Quick with no notice (or a chance to resign), and company policy violations but not saying which ones? They needed him out, and out quick.
  • IT Centralization not necessarily a good thing

    Says me, it greatly contributes to inefficiency, non-responsiveness and isolation from the end users who are IT's natural constituency. That said, I have nothing against Mr. Stuart and wish him luck in his next job.
    John L. Ries
    • It's generally a good thing

      But automation is best approached both tactically and strategically. A stovepipe is often - perhaps usually - a good first step, because it helps to identify clearly the stakeholders and the requirements; "that which belongs to everybody belongs to nobody." Once a system is up and running, meeting a mission need, the developer/user community have a baseline for clear understanding of the requirement and for merging into more of an enterprise solution, if that helps reduce redundancies and contradictions in data. But jumping too early into the committee approach leads to a committee solution - or cancellation.
    • He should do well making license plates :)

  • Maybe Martin Taylor has spent enough time with his family...

    ...and is ready to go back to work.

  • The Inside Scoop

    Turns out he was Fake Steve Ballmer.
    • I think you are right ...

      acting like he had a frontal lobotomy would be a dead give-away.
  • He was caught googling

    while listening to his IPOD and playing his Wii.
    • you don't play with your Wii ...

      you shake it! :)
  • He recommended deploying OS X

    for security and ease of use reasons.

    They were a little pissed off to say the least.

    Can't confirm this story but I'm sure that's the reason.
  • RE: Microsoft CIO Scott Stuart is out

    All quick departures at Microsoft usually correspond to a flagrant violation of the company values or bonking a subordinate. Wonder which one it was....

    See company core values at "As a company, and as individuals, we value integrity, honesty, openness, personal excellence, constructive self-criticism, continual self-improvement, and mutual respect.
    • Core values seem accurate

      except the part about constructive self-criticism, and mutual respect. Haven't seen those two before.
    • Wish Microsoft valued spirit of US law instead of taking penulties

      During an America's Cup Competition (ACC), Larry Ellison, confusing Paul Allen - the other co-founder of Microsoft - with Bill Gates, who I don't think does sailing, stated.

      This ACC design cheating by the Seattle syndicate is just like Bill who prefers to cheat than compete as the rules makers intended because the penalties never out weigh the benefit.

      Lets see something about US values in the core of Microsoft. I am hoping this firing was about that. For a US patriot bribes are always wrong. It doesn't matter if the benefit outweighs the cost if caught.
  • RE: Microsoft CIO Scott Stuart is out

    Man, it obviously something serious. Does it start with a P and end with an O? LOL.
  • He was probably caught running Mac or Linux.

    I bet "violation of company policy" was that he used a mac or linux on the sly :p I wonder how many chairs were smashed in this incident :) and how many fewer hairs ballmer has left on his head.
    • My thinking too

      This guy is no slouch. He could easily handle anything Microsoft threw at him. So I'm hoping the "violation of company policy" was that he got caught using Linux. If so, look for some juicy tid bits to be making the rounds on the Internet. With all the dirty tactics Microsoft is using in trying to crush Open Source, it would only take the release of the right piece of information to cut them down to size.

      Why Linux and not the Mac? Apple has been around almost as long as Microsoft and the percentage points between their respective market shares has long been static. Linux, however small in market share, has been accelerating in growth ever since it started (long after Apple and Microsoft). Even Bill Gates is pictured with a Mac (you know, the one where he's caressing a computer). So Linux and Open Source, is a far greater "violation".