former Yahoo exec joins Microsoft

Microsoft ( announced via its blog on Monday that it has named Kevin Timmons, the former vice president of operations at Yahoo, as the head of data center services at Microsoft Global Foundation Services.

This is not the first time that a former Yahoo executive has joined Microsoft's team.

In February, Microsoft announced Yahoo VP Larry Heck, had joined the company as senior vice president of the online services division of Microsoft's R&D group.

Others include Microsoft online unit chief Qi Lu, Sean Suchter, and Scott Moore, who originally started off at Microsoft before he later joined Yahoo.

Most recently serving as vice president of operations at Yahoo, Timmons led the build-out of the company's data centers and infrastructure.

Before this role, he was a director of operations at GeoCities, as well as served as a senior software engineer at Marconi Dynamics early on in his career.

In the blog post, Arne Josefsberg, GM of infrastructure services at Microsoft Global Foundation Services describes Timmons as a "hands-on leader with a great grasp on the issues in his field and a keen interest in increasing energy efficiency."

He adds that Timmons brings "valuable experience and know-how in the field of data center site selection."

In the same post, Microsoft also announced it restructured its infrastructure services team within GFS in mid May.

The organization is now comprised of five teams, including shared infrastructure, programmable infrastructure, platform hardware and standards, global network services, and the data center services.

According to Josefsberg, the new changes should help align its teams with Microsoft's "evolving cloud computing business and position [its] infrastructure for the upcoming year and beyond."

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