Microsoft Corp. has named Chris Liddell as its chief financial officer, replacing long-time executive John Connors, who left the company last month.

Liddell will join the Redmond-based software giant on May 9. He most recently served as the CFO at forest products company International Paper. Prior to that, Liddell served as chief executive officer of Carter Holt Harvey, New Zealand's second-largest listed company.

After 16 years with the company, including five as CFO, Connors in January announced his retirement from Microsoft to become a partner at a Seattle-area venture capital firm. He left Microsoft on March 31, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

As CFO, Liddell will be responsible leading the worldwide finance organization and will have responsibility for accounting and reporting, strategic planning and analysis, treasury, tax, audit, and investor relations.

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