Microsoft Chief Financial Officer John Connors, a folksy Montana native and 16-year veteran of the company, announced this afternoon that he's retiring to become a venture capitalist with Ignition Partners...

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Microsoft Chief Financial Officer John Connors, a folksy Montana native and 16-year veteran of the company, announced this afternoon that he’s retiring to become a venture capitalist with Ignition Partners.

Connors has been the company’s CFO for five years. Among his earlier jobs at the company were chief information officer, corporate controller and director of business operations at European headquarters in Paris.

“I will miss Microsoft a great deal, but it’s time for me to move to a new chapter in my life,” Connors said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to a greater emphasis on community and business participation in the Northwest.”

Microsoft will look internally and externally for a replacement.