September 11, 2015 / 8:32 PM / 4 years ago

Microsoft names general counsel Brad Smith as chief legal officer

A Microsoft logo is seen at a pop-up site for the new Windows 10 operating system at Roosevelt Field in Garden City, New York July 29, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Friday appointed its general counsel, Brad Smith, as the company’s president and chief legal officer, effective Friday.

Smith, who is also Microsoft’s corporate secretary and chief compliance officer, joined the company in 1993 and became general counsel in 2002.

As the legal head, Smith will oversee critical issues such as privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion. (

Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza

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