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Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith has joined the board of directors of on-demand video service Netflix.

The Los Gatos, Calif., company announced the appointment of Smith and former Disney executive Anne Sweeney on Monday.

In a message posted to Twitter, Smith said he was “looking forward to being part of such a great company.”

Smith, 56, manages Microsoft’s 1,100-strong legal and corporate affairs unit, overseeing issues from intellectual property to customer privacy and public policy. He is also Microsoft’s public face on state and local issues in Washington. Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, and has served as general counsel since 2002.

“We look forward to benefiting from Brad and Anne’s perspective as we continue to build our global Internet TV network,” Netflix co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings said in a statement announcing the move.

Microsoft and Netflix have a history of overlapping corporate overseers.

Hastings served on Microsoft’s board from 2007 to 2012. At the time of his departure, Hastings, who had joined Facebook’s board the prior year, said he wanted to reduce the number of boards he sat on to focus on Netflix and educational work.

Netflix’s nine-person board also includes Rich Barton, co-founder and executive chairman of Seattle-based real estate database Zillow and a former manager at Microsoft. Barton led online travel booking company Expedia when Microsoft split the firm off as an independent entity in 1999.

Netflix’s independent board members received company stock options valued at $354,042 in 2013, as well as reimbursement for the costs of travel to board meetings.

Smith’s base salary at Microsoft in the company’s most recent fiscal year was $641,667. Including bonuses, payment in company stock, and a one-time stock grant for executives who stuck around through the search to replace retiring chief executive Steve Ballmer, Smith received compensation valued at $16.9 million in the year ended in June.

Information in this article, originally published March 30, 2015, was corrected March 30, 2015. Rich Barton is the co-founder and executive chairman of Zillow, not the chief executive.