March 11, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday that
, president of ValueAct Capital, has been appointed to the company's board of directors and its audit committee.
"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
, chairman of the Microsoft board. "Mason brings valuable insights given his financial background, his extensive experience as a public company director and his perspective as a significant Microsoft shareholder."
"Microsoft is an iconic global company with tremendous long-term potential," said Morfit. "I am honored to be joining the board, and I look forward to working with
and the rest of the board of directors to help continue to drive growth and value for all shareholders."
Microsoft also announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of
per share. The dividend is payable
June 12, 2014
, to shareholders of record on
May 15, 2014
. The ex-dividend date will be
May 13, 2014
Morfit is the president of ValueAct Capital, a
-based investment firm with more than
in assets under management.
Aug. 30, 2013
, Microsoft and ValueAct Capital announced a cooperation agreement that gave ValueAct Capital the option of having Morfit join the Microsoft board at the first quarterly board meeting after the 2013 annual shareholders meeting.
Before joining ValueAct Capital in
, Morfit worked in equity research for Credit Suisse First Boston. He is also a director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and a former director of Advanced Medical Optics Inc., C. R. Bard Inc., Immucor Inc., MSD Performance Inc. and Solexa Inc. He has a B.A. from
and is a CFA charterholder.
Microsoft's board of directors now consists of eleven members:
Steven A. Ballmer
, former Microsoft chief executive officer;
, former chief financial officer of JPMorgan Chase;
William H. Gates
, Microsoft founder and technology advisor;
Maria M. Klawe
, president of
Harvey Mudd College
Stephen J. Luczo
, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Seagate Technology PLC;
David F. Marquardt
, general partner at August Capital;
, president of ValueAct Capital;
, Microsoft chief executive officer;
Charles H. Noski
, former vice chairman of Bank of America Corp.; Dr.
, former chairman of the board of management at BMW Bayerische Motoren Werke AG; and
John W. Thompson
, chief executive officer of Virtual Instruments. Eight of the 11 board members are independent of Microsoft, which is consistent with the requirement in the company's governance guidelines that a substantial majority be independent.
Shareholder and financial information is available at
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.