Microsoft Poaches Larry Heck From Yahoo!

Posted Feb 12, 2009

The poaching continues!  Microsoft Corporation has just hired Larry Heck from Yahoo!  Heck was a VP of Search & Advertising Sciences at Yahoo! Labs.  Now Heck will be reporting to Satya Nadella, SVP of the online services division at Microsoft.

Before Yahoo!, Heck received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and worked at Stanford’s Research Institute.  Heck also was VP of R&D at Nuance Communications.  “We look forward to welcoming him to the team,” wrote Microsoft in a statement.  Other executives that Microsoft recently poached from Yahoo! recently include Qi Lu, Sean Suchter, and Scot Moore.

Yahoo! was sued by Nuance after Heck quit.  Nuance claimed that Heck poached a dozen workers from their company to join Yahoo!  It’ll be interesting to see if any of those workers leave Yahoo! for Microsoft now.

[via Bloomberg]