Microsoft appoints Brad Smith as President and Chief Legal Officer

On Friday, the American multinational technology company, Microsoft Corp, announced that it has promoted its general counsel, Brad Smith, to the president and chief legal officer of the company.

Smith joined the company more than two decades ago, while he was appointed as general counsel in 2002. He is also corporate secretary and chief compliance officer of the company. The new position will take Smith to a broader role. According to the company, as Smith has been promoted, he has to handle all the works of a legal head. He will supervise the company’s issues like security, privacy, digital inclusion, accessibility and environmental sustainability.

Smith is the first company-wide president since the resignation of Richard ‘Rick’ Belluzzo in 2002, when Smith became general counsel. Smith’s new role will be different from Beluzzo as Beluzzo was given a more operationally focused role.

On Friday, Satya Nadella, current chief executive officer of Microsoft, wrote an email to the company’s employees, where he said, “Brad has long had a broad role at the company and now I’m asking him to lead more new initiatives. In addition to handling the company’s legal work, Mr. Smith will be responsible for privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion”.

According to the company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Smith will work to manage the company’s employees beyond the legal division. It is still not known that which parts of the company will be overseen by Smith. The new president and chief legal officer will continue to report to Nadella.