Microsoft makes top lawyer Brad Smith its vice chair

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LISBON , PORTUGAL - 5 November 2019; Brad Smith, President, Microsoft, connected SaaS Monster signifier during the opening time of Web Summit 2019 astatine the Altice Arena successful Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo By Harry Murphy/Sportsfile for Web Summit via Getty Images)

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Microsoft said Tuesday its committee approved the assignment of its president, Brad Smith, to the presumption of vice chair. The determination comes months aft Satya Nadella took connected the relation of chairman aft joining the committee erstwhile helium replaced Steve Ballmer arsenic CEO successful 2014.

The assignment follows a 4th of a period of contributions to the bundle and hardware maker, including dealing with antitrust concerns from regulators.

"This reflects the unsocial enactment relation that Brad plays for the company, our board of directors and me, with governments and different outer stakeholders astir the world," Nadella was quoted arsenic saying successful a statement.

Smith, 62, is Microsoft's apical lawyer, and helium regularly represents the bundle institution successful argumentation discussions. He is among Microsoft apical executives, starring implicit 1,500 radical successful ineligible and firm affairs successful 54 countries, according to a biography connected Microsoft's website.

Microsoft recognized his enactment connected sustainability, liable artificial intelligence, outer Covid-19 efforts and worker diverseness successful the 2020 fiscal twelvemonth successful its astir caller proxy statement, which said helium received $16.7 cardinal successful full yearly compensation. Smith owns astir 732,000 shares of Microsoft stock, worthy astir $217 million, according to FactSet.

He joined Microsoft successful 1993 from the instrumentality steadfast Covington & Burling to tally Microsoft's firm and ineligible affairs successful Europe, and helium became Microsoft's wide counsel successful 2002. Over the adjacent decennary helium handled the solution of antitrust cases, according to the biography.

Smith became Microsoft's president and joined Netflix's committee of directors successful 2015. He is the author, with Carol Ann Browne, of "Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age," a 2019 publication that discusses privateness and security.

Smith volition proceed to study to Nadella, Microsoft said.

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