Kevin Scott (computer scientist)

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Kevin Scott
Kevin Scott.jpg
Kevin Scott on stage in 2018
Born 1972
Residence California, United States
Alma mater Lynchburg College, Wake Forest University, University of Virginia
Occupation Microsoft Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Kevin Scott (born 1972) serves as Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft.[1] He was previously Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn from February 2011 – January 2017.[2][3]


Scott grew up in central Virginia.[4] He holds a bachelor's degree from Lynchburg College in computer science and a master's degree from Wake Forest University in computer science. He studied for his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.[4]


Scott started his career at Google in 2003 and held numerous positions in search and ads engineering, including receiving a Google Founders' Award, before leaving the company in 2007.[5] He was VP of engineering and operations at AdMob from July 2007 to June 2010.[6] Google acquired AdMob in 2010 for $750 million and Scott became Sr. Engineering Director of mobile ads engineering at Google.[7]


Scott joined professional networking site LinkedIn in February 2011, as senior vice president for engineering.[8] LinkedIn held its initial public offering in May 2011 and Scott was credited with scaling the company's computer systems to keep up with accelerating demand.[9] Business Insider called Scott "the engineer who saved LinkedIn".[10]


In January 2017, soon after Microsoft acquired LinkedIn, Scott was named Microsoft's Chief Technology Officer by CEO Satya Nadella.[11] He retained the title of senior vice president of infrastructure at LinkedIn until September 2017.[12] Scott described himself as feeling "like a kid in a candy store" because of all the exciting technologies Microsoft is working on.[4]

Nonprofits and boards

Scott is the founder of Behind The Tech, a non-profit organization that profiles people that work in technology on its website through photographs and interviews with the goal of inspiring others.[13] In 2014, Kevin and his wife Shannon Hunt-Scott created The Scott Foundation, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that focuses on issues such as education, hunger and STEM for children. He is also an emeritus trustee of the Anita Borg Institute[14] and was a founding member of the ACM Professions Board.[15] He advises several startups, is on the board of directors for Magic and is an angel investor.[16]


  1. ^ Reuters (2017-01-24). "Microsoft just announced its newest chief technology officer". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  2. ^ "LinkedIn Promotes Kevin Scott to Senior Vice President of Engineering". 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  3. ^ Tate, Ryan (2013-04-10). "The Software Revolution Behind LinkedIn's Gushing Profits". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  4. ^ a b c Day, Matt (2017-05-11). "Feeling like 'a kid in a candy store,' CTO Kevin Scott's job is to keep Microsoft focused". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  5. ^ Kee, Tameka (2007-10-18). "Senior Engineer Leaves Google To Become AdMob's 'Quality Guru'". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  6. ^ Contributor (2007-10-16). "Exclusive: AdMob Snares Google's Kevin Scott". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  7. ^ Rao, Leena (2011-02-07). "Another AdMob Exec Leaves Google; Kevin Scott Joins LinkedIn As VP Of Engineering". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  8. ^ Frommer, Dan (2011-02-07). "Google Loses Another AdMob Exec As Tech Guru Flees For LinkedIn". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  9. ^ Vance, Ashley (2013-04-12). "Inside Operation InVersion, the Code Freeze That Saved LinkedIn". Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  10. ^ Smith, Kevin (2013-04-11). "Meet The Engineer Who Saved LinkedIn". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  11. ^ Greene, Jay (2017-01-24). "Microsoft Names LinkedIn Executive to Tech Chief Role". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  12. ^ Heater, Brian (2017-01-24). "Microsoft names LinkedIn SVP Kevin Scott as CTO". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  13. ^ Bellstrom, Kristen (2017-10-03). "Why Microsoft's CTO Is Photographing the Diverse People Who Build Your Tech". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  14. ^ " Board of Trustees -". Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  15. ^ "ACM Membership Boards". Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  16. ^ Foley, Mary Jo (2017-01-24). "Microsoft names LinkedIn infrastructure chief as company CTO". ZDNet. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
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