Microsoft Taps Disney Exec as Next CIO

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-01-17 Print this article Print

New CIO Tony Scott is tasked with implementing Microsoft's famous "dogfooding" policy.

Microsoft has hired former Disney executive Tony Scott as its chief information officer and corporate vice president, to replace ousted CIO Stuart Scott.

Scott, who joins Microsoft in February, will assume responsibility for the software maker's 4,000-person global IT organization, which is responsible for managing the technology systems that support the company's worldwide sales, marketing and services efforts, the company said in a statement Jan. 17.

He will also be in charge of enterprise systems and applications for all corporate processes, and will report to Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer.

Part of his responsibility will also include overseeing the process known internally at Microsoft as "eating our own dog food," where the IT department deploys and helps manage beta versions of its own products across the company.

Stuart Scott, Microsoft's former CIO, was terminated last November "after an investigation for violation of company policies," but landed a new gig as chief operating officer at privately held mortgage broker Taylor, Bean & Whitaker in less than a month.

New CIO, Tony Scott, was senior vice president and chief information officer of The Walt Disney Co., where he was the first CIO to manage companywide IT. Before that, he was chief technology officer at General Motors Corp. and vice president of operations at Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co.

Scott said in a statement that Microsoft was successful at leveraging  IT for strategic business advantage, and offered him the opportunity to expand his skills and have an impact across its broad range of technologies, from services to unified communications and mobility.

Microsoft CTO Kevin Turner said in a statement that Scott would focus on three main areas: running a world-class IT department and achieving the highest level of business value by utilizing IT; driving its solutions and deployment and giving input and feedback to the product groups; and connecting and collaborating with CIOs across the globe so as to share best practices with customers and partners.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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