Microsoft CIO Tony Scott has left the company

His departure leaked this weekend online

Microsoft CIO Tony Scott has left the company after five years.

Word of his departure leaked out over the weekend. His LinkedIn profile lists him as the company's former CIO and the company website no longer lists him among senior leaders.

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Microsoft acknowledged the departure in a statement: "Tony Scott has decided to depart Microsoft to focus on personal projects. While at Microsoft, Tony has proven to be a strong IT leader passionate about taking Microsoft's technology to the next level and using our experiences and learnings to help customers and partners. We thank Tony for his contributions and wish him well."

Jim Dubois, the company's vice president of IT product and services management, has been named interim CIO, according to a source within the company.

The Seattle tech news site GeekWire broke the story Sunday. Word that Scott had left the company was given to employees last week, the site reported.

(Loek Essers in Amsterdam contributed reporting.)

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