Microsoft today named International Paper's Christopher Liddell as its fifth chief financial officer.

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Microsoft today named International Paper’s Christopher Liddell as its fifth chief financial officer.

Liddell, 60, begins May 9, the company said in a release. He replaces John Connors, who held the position for five years and left Redmond-based Microsoft at the end of March to join the venture capital firm Ignition Partners.

“Chris brings great talent and skills both in finance and in business leadership,” Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive, said in the statement. “Having been both CEO and CFO of international companies gives him the ability to contribute broadly to our finance, operations and business strategy.”

At International Paper, a Fortune 100 company based in Stamford, Conn., Liddell was chief financial officer and was responsible for areas including strategic planning, accounting, tax, risk management, pension planning and internal auditing.

Previously, Liddell was chief executive of Carter Holt Harvey in New Zealand. And, he was a managing director and joint chief executive for CS First Boston NZ.


He also has worked as a consulting engineer and investment banker.

Liddell holds an engineering degree from the University of Auckland and a master of philosophy degree from Oxford University in England.

Microsoft announces earnings on Thursday.