Microsoft Names Brad Smith President, Chief Legal Officer
Microsoft's top lawyer is promoted to a prominent new spot at the software giant as the company's court battle with the DOJ rages on.Microsoft has appointed Brad Smith its president and chief legal officer, the Redmond, Wash., technology giant announced on Sept. 11. Smith has been with the company since 1993 and formerly served as Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice president for Legal and Corporate Affairs. In his updated bio, Microsoft said, "Smith plays a key role in representing the company externally and in leading the company's work on a number of critical issues including privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion, among others. He also leads a team of business, legal and corporate affairs professionals spanning 55 countries." Additionally, he serves as Microsoft's corporate secretary and chief compliance officer. Other notable appointments include a seat at Netflix's board of directors and chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Recently, Smith and his group have been embroiled in a legal battle with the U.S. government over emails stored at Microsoft's cloud data center in Ireland.
Microsoft is appealing last summer's decision by Manhattan U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ordering the company to hand over Outlook.com emails sought by the U.S. Department of Justice that reside in a data center in Dublin, Ireland. With the backing of Apple, Amazon, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and scores of other technology companies and trade organizations, Microsoft argues that the decision is an overreach of the of the U.S. government's evidence-gathering activities.