Microsoft has confirmed that it has appointed Tony Scott as its new CIO. According to the press release, Scott, 56, will start in February. He will report to COO Kevin Turner (as his predecessor Stuart Scott did) and will manage Microsoft's 4,000 global IT staff.

Scott has 25 years of IT management experience. Most recently, he served as SVP and CIO at Walt Disney. He led the entertainment and media company through a major IT transformation that included "improving the reliability and effectiveness of the company’s information systems, shifting focus towards employee enablement and upgrading core IT infrastructure, including data center reliability," according to the Microsoft press release.

Before his Disney career Scott served as chief technology officer at vehicle makers General Motorsand was vice president of operations at pharmaceutical corporation Bristol-Meyers Squibb.