Microsoft appoints first female CFO

Company veteran Amy Hood replaces Peter Klein as first woman in chief financial officer position at Xbox maker.

Xbox owner Microsoft this week appointed Amy Hood as chief financial officer. She will replace outgoing CFO Peter Klein and is the first female CFO in the company's history.

Klein announced his intentions to leave Microsoft last month. He will stay on-board at the company through June to ensure a "smooth transition." Hood, 41, becomes CFO effective immediately.

Hood joined Microsoft in 2002 and most recently served as CFO of Microsoft Business Division, where she oversaw all financial strategy and management of the $24.1 billion business. Hood also oversaw the execution of several acquisitions, including Skype for $8.5 billion and Yammer for $1.2 billion.

"Amy brings the right talents and experiences to the role as we continue to strengthen our focus on devices and services," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement. "She has been an instrumental leader in the Microsoft Business Division (MBD), helping lead the transition to services with Office 365 and delivering strong financial and operational management throughout her time on the business."

Prior to joining Microsoft, Hood worked at investment firm Goldman Sachs in various roles. She attained a bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University.

Hood is Microsoft's first woman to serve as CFO and one of four female executives at the company. Others include Windows CFO and chief marketing officer Tami Reller, Windows corporate vice president Julie Larson-Green, and chief people officer Lisa Brummel.

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Guest1001
Guest1001

This is news ... ?

Okay, Gamespot -- Eddie -- we need to have a little talk. Have you noticed how in Microsoft's press release, they didn't mention anything about Amy Hood's gender? Have you noticed how they focused on her achievements and NOT the fact that she had two X chromosomes?

There's a reason they did this; because her achievements are what matter, not her gender. You're dumbing down employment and making it seem like something special when a woman gets a promotion when it should be just as normal as when a guy does. By mentioning Hood's gender in the title of this article, you're singling it out as something out-of-the-ordinary to be applauded rather than something regular and everyday. It's like you're rewarding a dog for learning a new trick. You're giving Microsoft a pat on the head and telling it what a good little company it's been.

I don't wish to stereotype but this does seem to be a very American attitude to take (sorry my US friends!). When Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director, Barbra Streisand -- who was presenting the award -- said "finally!" before giving it to her, something that was criticised overseas (such as by female UK presenter Victoria Coren).

vadagar1
vadagar1

lol why are people such dicks in the comments ??

TerminalError
TerminalError

Another useless article by Eddie.

If this appointment had some immediate relevance to the gaming community then fine, but...i'm just sitting here thinking, SO WHAT?

Bob was appointed as chief burger flipper at Mc Donalds...Do you care about that?

nate1222
nate1222

Well, the comments section further confirms what I've been coming to grips with about the internet:

News isn't delivered to us to "inform" us; it's delivered to us so that losers can feel like King Kong behind a keyboard via snide remarks. 

ShinjiEx
ShinjiEx

Another reason of a dozen why I'm not buying the next xbox LOL :)

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

What I want to know from the new CFO of a gaming division is whether they have any interest in gaming, or are just there because they are good with figures or acquiring other companies.

hund2110
hund2110

Wow, this thread reads like a competitive, no-holds barred "Who can write the stupidest shit so they can get featured on Feedbackula" competition.


Guys, the news isn't that Microsoft hired a woman CFO. It's that they hired a woman CFO FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. If you're interested in the inner workings of the games industry - as Gamespot perhaps mistakenly assumes you are - then that is newsworthy.


There's a scene in The Aviator where Katherine Hepburn's well-to-do family explains to Howard Hughes that they "don't care about money in this family", to which Hughes replies "Because you've always had it." 

It's easy to say that you don't care about gender or race, if you've never been oppressed, excluded or discriminated because of it.

blackrunie
blackrunie

I hope one day a woman becomes CEO of microsoft and no one'll refer to her as ''the first/second/third woman to ever get the position''.

it still carries a tincture of sexism, in my opinion, that it's somehow surprising that a woman is now CEO.

it's fine, but don't focus on her being the first ever female CEO, mention it as a side-fact but don't put it as the headline and focus on it that much.

hund2110
hund2110

Wow, this thread reads like a competitive, no-holds barred "Who can write the stupidest shit so they can get featured on Feedbackula" competition.


Guys, the news isn't that Microsoft hired a woman CFO. It's that they hired a woman CFO FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. If you're interested in the inner workings of the games industry - as Gamespot perhaps mistakenly assumes you are - then that is newsworthy.


There's a scene in The Aviator where Katherine Hepburn's well-to-do family explains to Howard Hughes that they "don't care about money in this family", to which Hughes replies "Because you've always had it." 

It's easy to say that you don't care about gender or race, if you've never been oppressed, excluded or discriminated because of it.

PlusFour
PlusFour

She's.... she's staring into my soul.....i feel something. I feel the need to purchase family friendly kinect games and a low, low price.

Oldgun
Oldgun

Why does she look like chucky from Childs Play movies....

maximo
maximo

women running stuff... how exciting... NOT

getting sick of this tripe. How is this news?

Gamespot. Lift your game and start reporting on something more wirthshile

Your site is becoming stale

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

great...so all the money will be pulled to Kinect family games......yay......

Gargus
Gargus

Who cares?

How exactly does her being a woman make for news?

wookiegr
wookiegr

Well, we can kiss our violence and shooters goodbye!

ahpuck
ahpuck

Yo, Gamespot! We just hired a girl in my office, wanna make it a big brouhaha about it?

keldarironfist
keldarironfist

So this POS worked for goldman sachs? That explains everything. A nice white bread education at overpriced private colleges. Gotta love dat 1%

kyosukeugc
kyosukeugc

Trusting a woman with your finances... BIG mistake!

abehpfan
abehpfan

@Guest1001 In a few years this won't be news, but nowadays it still is, as any firsts in anything is always celebrated. But especially when it concerns something that a couple of decades ago would be unimaginable. 

petez34
petez34

@TerminalError I know Bob. He's a solid man. He'll make great burgers customers will enjoy. Grats Bob!

petez34
petez34

@nate1222 It's a waste of time reading this piece and people know it yet you prefer to antagonize the users for writing their displeasure. get a life!

abehpfan
abehpfan

@Avenger1324 

I agree, but I believe she's not CFO of the gaming/Xbox division, but rather of the whole company.

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

@Avenger1324You should Google CFO and find out yourself. This article is not  really important gaming news.

jcr8
jcr8

@hund2110 Any chance that the ones that feel oppressed because of their gender (or race for that matter) are really just passed over because of their inadequacies? Microsoft didn´t make me their CFO, means their discriminating against me right? I bet they never had a black CFO before either, means microsoft is racist, right? Go cry some more.

pazzyj
pazzyj

@hund2110 Whenever Gamespot posts an article about women in the game industry, female gamers, or sexism in the game industry I want to rip my hair out. Not because of the articles themselves, these are actually topics I care about, but because of the horribly negative comments left by other gamers. Typical trash comment "I don't have a problem with women or feminists, but here is my problem with women or feminists"

And when people comment and say, "Who cares?" The obvious answer is YOU. You care! Unless you really like reading and commenting on things you actually don't care about, which seems like a misguided waste of time. What "who cares?" really means is, "I am still uncomfortable talking about this topic, can we change the subject?"

jcr8
jcr8

@blackrunie Is there anything that doesn´t carry a tincture of sexism in womens eyes??

hund2110
hund2110

@blackrunie I don't think the article is suggesting it's "surprising" that she becomes CFO. I think it suggests it's surprising, or worth talking about, that there hasn't been one before.


Would a news story about the first female US President being elected in 2016 also carry residual sexism, in your opinion? Would it not instead be the fact that it's taken the US almost 100 years from women gaining the vote to a female head of state that would be 'sexist'?

While I share your hope that someday it won't be news that a woman becomes CEO - or President or Supreme Galactic Chancellor - by not talking about it as an important first when it happens, we'd be brushing over the very real and problematic history of gender inequality in the United States and many other countries. 

 Just like how the news that an black man became president in a perfect world SHOULDN'T be news. But it was because it reflected a history of invisible oppression and implicit marginalization that has persisted long after the 13th, 14th or 15th amendments to the constitution.

d3nR
d3nR

@ahpuck That all depends if she's good looking or not...

LilithN
LilithN

@kyosukeugc You are fing stupid. Women make the best accountants, and understanding of finances, as we are precise, logical, and are not totally engufled by visionarism, but stand on the ground with two feet. In ancient Roman times and eg. Japan the financial matters were always in the hands of the women...I cannot comment on the dark middle ages in Europe, as it was ruled by the mysoginist christian church, and any woman who dared to show more intelligence then man were immediately burned as witch.

hund2110
hund2110

@pazzyj @hund2110 I'm always the one defending gaming to my Jezebel-reading, 3rd waver friends whose only insight into video games is through Anita Sarkeesian. I try to paint a more nuanced picture of gaming culture and male gamers than the one in Sarkeesian's videos. I try to tell them that the aggressive misogyny, ignorance and sexism they hear about belongs to a vocal minority within the gaming community.

But every time I read the comments section to an article like this, I wonder if maybe I'm wrong.

Because in this thread, and threads like it, the violently stupid and sexist comments are the majority.

blackrunie
blackrunie

@hund2110 @blackrunie 

why would it be surprising?

depends on how they present it, if they flaunt the sex of the winner in the headline and focus on it so much, then yes. 

jcr8
jcr8

@hund2110 @blackrunie Here´s an idea, maybe because for each female applicant for a postion as a CEO, there are 9 other male applicants with equal or better qualifications. You don´t just up and become a CEO of a company, it´s usually the end result of a long and coordinated career path. And not that many women choose these career paths. Very simple, really.

blackrunie
blackrunie

@hund2110 @blackrunie

open sexism. there were literally ads that said women should stay at home and stuff.

''I suppose I find that a somewhat disingenuous argument, not to mention statistically improbable. Not only have we never seen a female president, we've never seen a female presidential nominee by a major party. In a hundred years.'' that's because there are just less candidates. 

i stand corrected, but accepting your analogy, i don't think that's racism. that's just a random correlation. it could be based on hundreds of variables, but you single out race and judge based on that variable alone.

the ''many'' was meant as a joke, but whatever. prove it. there was racism in play in every political action since the 50's? i find that hard to believe. it sounds like a conspiracy theory to boot.

idiocy isn't bound to race. a lot of white candidates also didn't resonate with voters, what's your point?

not the same, emotion is a part of every human's decision, however much we'd like it not to be. i don't see a problem. if everyone is a rational being, then a ''female'' view is unnecessary. a rational view is all you need.

hund2110
hund2110

@blackrunie@hund2110

Okay, first of all  if your argument is that sexism and gender inequality somehow ended sometime in the 1950s, then you're gonna have to explain the circumstances surrounding its apparent demise cause that's news to me?

I think part of what's going on here is that you're debating some imaginary strawman argument that I've actually not put forth. I've not claimed that the games industry as such is sexist simply because there's disparity between the number of men and women hired. Nowhere have I made that argument.

We were talking about society as a whole. And bear in mind that being a Chief Financial Officer for Microsoft has very little to do with game development, and thus isn't beholden to the old chestnut "Well, boys just like games more than girls".

Though I should point out the fallacy of your mexican analogy. The proper analogy is looking at a town that has 50% mexicans and 50% caucasians where 95% of the leaders were caucasian. And then claiming that it has nothing to do with discrimination at any level.

This next part I wanna be very clear about I find it very, very hard to believe that you are entirely serious about it.

First of all, it's not there hasn't been "many" black presidents. It's that there hasn't been ANY, prior to Obama. To suggest that, from your initial statement, since the 1950s racism hasn't been in play in just about every aspect of political discourse is...insane. Or at the very least reveals an incredibly poor grasp of history on your part. Ever heard of the Southern Strategy?

And yes, the other black candidates certainly didn't "resonate" with the majority of (white) voters (whose voting efforts weren't systematically supressed, btw). But was it their 'ideas' that didn't resonate? Gee, those black people must just have a lot of bad ideas, I guess...

Yeah. Kinda like how it's more reasonable to have a committee on female reproductive rights be an all-male assembly, right? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/02/birth-control-hearing-was-like-stepping-into-a-time-machine/

You know. Cause women are just gonna 'recollect' their rights being trampled on too 'emotionally'. It balances out.



blackrunie
blackrunie

@hund2110 @blackrunie 

length isn't aesthetics, but thanks for clarifying.

he said the same thing you did where you accuse me of ignorance or purposely glossing over the sexism going on until about the 1950's. i returned that i wasn't including that period in history, since talking about presidential elections where men and women are equal in opportunity implies that i'm only talking about the period after that up till now. i hope that clears it up a bit.

you used Obama as an example in your reasoning, but didn't use his name. i did, because it's impossible that you mean any other person. by defending his becoming president, i implied that the other black candidates, which aren't a lot, didn't resonate with a majority of the people.

the amount of variables are huge, i don't see the point in slowly trying to work all of them out. i'm just saying that just because we haven't had many black presidents or candidates, doesn't mean there's necessarily racism in play.

definitely and i don't disagree with that. i just don't believe that there is large-scale sexism going on in , for example the gaming industry. bring me some studies, some actual numbers and objective results and i'll believe you, but every time someone complains about sexism in gaming so far, they just point to the amount of men vs amount of women, which isn't proof. that's like looking at the population of a town, seeing there are no mexicans and thus claiming the town hates mexicans. you have to prove it first.

it balances out:

if you've been discriminated, you've experienced the injustice yourself (+), but this also taints your thinking with emotion (-).

if you've never been discriminated, you have no personal experience with it (-), but you're also unburdened in your thinking (+)


hund2110
hund2110

@blackrunie @hund2110 I only make my replies long enough to make my point. Not a word longer or shorter. Sorry if the aesthetics bother you.

I did look at your reply to macca, but I'm honestly not sure exactly what you're saying? Could you elaborate here, please? Don't worry about length. Clarity is more important to me ;)

I didn't ask you why you thought Obama became president. I asked you you thought there hadn't been any black presidents before him.

Exactly. And why is it, do you think, that the majority of the candidates were white? Is it your contention that black people simply weren't interested in politics or governing? Or that - once again- all the white candidates simply happened to have had better ideas than the black candidates?

The distinction I'm asking you to recognize is one of is/ought. Gender OUGHT not to matter - we both agree. But gender DOES matter, and HAS mattered for most of recorded history. We're trying to get to a place where gender doesn't matter. But I'm arguing that your contention that gender actually doesn't matter in this world - the world we're living in presently - at best is ignorant, and at worst disingenuous.

Are you seriously saying that women, gays or minorities who claim they've lived through an all but codified level of discrimination and systemic marginalization can't see the forest for the trees? That you somehow see gender and race relations more clearly because you HAVEN'T lived through oppression or discrimination?





blackrunie
blackrunie

@hund2110 @blackrunie 

firstly, please stop making your replies so long, if you can, it looks like the length is only exponentially increasing.

about the misogyny earlier in history, see the reply i made to macca.

i believe Obama became president, because his ideas resonated with the paradigm of the general populace.

not an anomaly, a majority of candidates for election are white, so the chance of one becoming president are actually quite sizable.

what? i believe gender doesn't matter when having a position, because, as you said, each gender is equal in the mental department. why would i extrapolate my thought about gender to everyone on the planet?

why not? someone, who's never been discriminated, though never having felt discrimination, is also not tainted by emotional recollections in his thinking.

hund2110
hund2110

@blackrunie@hund2110I suppose I find that a somewhat disingenuous argument, not to mention statistically improbable. Not only have we never seen a female president, we've never seen a female presidential nominee by a major party. In a hundred years.

If want to tell me that this simply has to do with the fact that in each of these instances it just so happened that a man was the better candidate, and there was no systemic gender inequality from 1920 and onwards...well I can't look at that as anything but you being facetious.

It would also necessitate an utter disregard for a history of societal and cultural misogyny that goes much back than disenfranchisement.

"because being president has nothing to do with your sex and everything to do with your ideas"

And being president has nothing to do with your race, and everything to do with your ideas. Right?

So would you make the argument that it's simply a happy accident that we didn't get a black president till 2008? Maybe white people, through a statistical anomaly, just happened to be the better candidate in each case, right?

Like my example from the Aviator, I think your declaration that her sex (or gender) doesn't matter is a bit dishonest, because I  think you assume that gender doesn't matter because YOUR gender has never mattered to YOU.

Similarly, a white heterosexual is probably not the most qualified person to state that race or sexual orientation do not matter.

They shouldn't. But that's a very different statement.

blackrunie
blackrunie

@macca366 @blackrunie @hund2110 

since we were talking about them  now having equal rights, it's implied that i'm only talking about the period after emancipation.

please, don't just jump to conclusions.



macca366
macca366

@blackrunie @hund2110 Thats kind of bullshit man. Its no secret that in the past it would have been near impossible for a woman to be elected president, due to the socialisation of women's gender roles and internalised ideas of what women think and should behave like. Have you really delved into the past? It only takes some googling to find an old advertisement from the 50's full to the brink of sexism and what a woman's 'place' should be.

Its easy to be 'surprised' about how surprising it might be for the first female president now in this day and age, ESPECIALLY if you were born in the 80's or 90's. I understand what you're trying to say, in the modern era - I think it should be encouraged to be the norm to see women in high positions. However, when you start to delve into the past like you did with that comment, what you're saying becomes blatant ignorance.

blackrunie
blackrunie

@hund2110 @blackrunie 

now, you're in dangerous territory. maybe men have always been president because they were the better candidates, not because of their sex, but because of their ideas. ''if we're the same, why haven't women been president''? because being president has nothing to do with your sex and everything to do with your ideas.

if a woman becomes president next year, fine, but don't refer to her as the first female president or anything like that. just treat her as if she's the hundreth female president. 

hund2110
hund2110

@blackrunie @hund2110 Why would it be surprising that there has never been a female CEO (or US President) before? Because men and women have the same mental faculties that such a job would require. Yet only one gender seems to occupy it.

Is that not surprising to you? As opposed to an obvious reality?