Microsoft’s Connors Quietly Departs

The software giant still has not settled on a successor for the top finance slot.
Stephen TaubApril 8, 2005

John Connors no longer works for Microsoft Corp.

In January, the software giant announced that Connors — who has been with Microsoft for 16 years, the last 5 as its chief financial officer — would be leaving to become a partner at the Bellevue, Washington-based venture capital firm Ignition Partners LLC.

At the time, it did not offer an official departure date. However, a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Wednesday stated succinctly that Connors’ resignation is effective March 31, 2005, at the end of the company’s third fiscal quarter.

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No press release. No fanfare. No big sendoff.

The Redmond, Washington-based company did not name a successor, though it is more than two months since Connors informed his former employer of his departure. Connors’ final compensation was not revealed in the filing since he is not one of the top five executives highlighted in Microsoft’s proxy.

Microsoft has reportedly stated that it is considering both internal and external candidates for the position. One possible candidate to is corporate controller Scott Di Valerio, who previously was controller at the Walt Disney Co. Connors and Di Valerio oversaw the launch of Microsoft’s new corporate finance structure in 2003, which assigned a CFO to all seven business units, granting those units more autonomy.