Microsoft's newest board member has pushed for Office on iPad

by TabTimes Staff

March 12 2014

Microsoft has added G. Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, to its board of directors,  as part of a deal it made last year with the activist shareholder.

ValueAct got onto the Microsoft board after its CEO Jeffrey Ubben had agitated for a seat on the board. At an investor conference last year, Ubben called on Microsoft to make Office more widely available on non-Windows platforms including the iPad and Google's Android. 

As of February, ValueAct owned less than 1% of Microsoft.

"We've had the opportunity to work with Mason over the past six months, and we look forward to working with him more closely as a member of the board," said John Thompson, Microsoft's chairman, in a statement Tuesday. "Mason brings valuable insights given his financial background, his extensive experience as a public company director and his perspective as a significant Microsoft shareholder."

 

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