finance chief, Amy Hood, didn’t let the Covid-19 pandemic slow the company’s appetite for growth. She played an instrumental role in the company’s eight acquisitions last year.
Microsoft generated more than $50 billion in commercial cloud revenue in its latest full year, a milestone that accentuate’s Microsoft’s transformation from its Windows-centric software business.
The company’s 2020 acquisitions included videogame publisher ZeniMax Media, for $7.5 billion. For the first time, Microsoft’s videogame revenue exceeded $5 billion in the company’s fiscal second quarter, helped by the launch of its latest generation of Xbox systems.
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Hood, 49, joined Microsoft in 2002 after working at
in investment banking and capital markets. She became Microsoft’s CFO in 2013 and now oversees the company’s global finance organization. She acts as a strategic partner to chief executive Satya Nadella. This is her second year on the Barron’s list.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Hood says she has developed technology and resources to support Microsoft’s staff and customers. In Washington state, Microsoft committed more than $110 million to help nonprofit organizations, workers, and schools.
Remote work has had its benefits, too. Hood made time to catch up with former Goldman Sachs colleagues and to bake with her two daughters.
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