The 25 Most Influential People at Microsoft - 6. Chris Liddell
6. Chris Liddell, Chief Financial Officer
Microsoft runs one of the fiscally tightest ships on the planet. Any person responsible for the money is going to be influential. Liddell continues Microsoft's long tradition of frugality while embracing a new era of risk: Microsoft is on an acquisitions spree. His Wall Street guidance in the face of economic uncertainties will hugely affect Microsoft, its partners and world markets.
Among Microsoft's 70,000-plus employees, there are many influential people. Twenty-five is too small a number to capture the best of the best among a large group of creative people. But Microsoft corporate culture also is very staid and insular, with a top-heavy power structure. Therefore, for this list, I focused more on operational influencers, although there are some thought leaders included. By Joe Wilcox, Microsoft Watch