Microsoft hires away key search VP from Yahoo

Posted by sumeethevans on November 21 2008, 11:36 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

The rumors were true: Microsoft has hired away from Yahoo Sean Suchter, Vice President of Yahoo’s Search Technology.

Microsoft issued on November 20 the following statement, attributable to Satya Nadella, the Senior Vice President of Search, Portal and Advertising:

“We are very pleased to confirm that Sean Suchter will be joining Microsoft as the GM (General Manager) of our Silicon Valley Search Technology Center, working on Live Search. Sean will report into Harry Shum when he starts work on December 22. We look forward to welcoming him to Microsoft at that time.”

As All Things D’s Kara Swisher blogged earlier this week, Suchter was an important contributor to Yahoo’s search effort.

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