Detroit, Michigan – The former chief financial officer (CFO) of Microsoft Corporation, Chris Liddell, has been named the vice-chairman and CFO of General Motors.

Liddell held the post at Microsoft since May 2005.

“Chris brings a depth and experience to this job that were unmatched in our search for a new financial leader,” said GM chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre. “Chris will lead our financial and accounting operations on a global basis and will report directly to me. We’re also looking to his experience and insights in corporate strategy as a member of the senior leadership team in helping our restructuring efforts.”

Liddell, 51, will leave Microsoft on December 31, 2009 and start with GM in the new year.

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