Microsoft Fires Top Executive

Microsoft this afternoon said it dismissed its chief information officer, Stuart Scott, “after an investigation for violation of company policies.” The termination was effective Friday.

The full statement from company spokesman Lou Gellos: “We can confirm that Stuart Scott’s employment with Microsoft was terminated after an investigation for violation of company policies. In the interim, Microsoft GM Shahla Aly and Corp. VP Alain Crozier will assume his responsibilities until a replacement is identified.”

Microsoft’s chief information officer oversees the company’s internal computer systems and its corporate network, including the use of pre-release products by employees.

Scott joined Microsoft in July 2005 and reported to the company’s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner, according to a profile on the Microsoft website. Prior to joining Microsoft, he spent 17 years at General Electric Co.

Just last month, Scott sat onstage at the InformationWeek 500 Conference alongside Microsoft COO Kevin Turner. While there, Scott touted data center consolidation, trimming the original number of app’s running inside Microsoft, the use of new collaborative software, and a shift toward spending more of Microsoft’s IT budgets on new product development.

In an interview posted on Microsoft’s Web site that took place soon after Scott’s hiring, Scott said he was drawn to Microsoft partially by employees’ devotion to the renowned company.