Facebook Poaches Microsoft's Global Ad Chief Everson

Carolyn Everson is leaving a job heading up Microsoft's international advertising division to become vice president of global sales at Facebook.

Carolyn Everson is leaving a job heading up Microsoft’s international advertising division to become vice president of global sales at Facebook.

Everson had only joined Microsoft this past June, and the Redmond, Washington company had put a lot of effort into the recruitmentfor that job, according to All Things Digital. The blog provides some context about how she made the move, quoting Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer from a prepared statement (and when I asked the company for confirmation of this, I received this same quote in reply, only with the request to attribute the words to a spokesperson):

Microsoft was one of our earliest partners and is still one of our most valued. We have a long and strong relationship that includes search ads on our site, a social layer on Bing search results and a deep and popular integration with Xbox. They are a leader when it comes to unlocking the power of social for their already popular products and services. We look forward to continuing to expand our relationship with them.

Everson will report to David Fischer, vice president of advertising and global operations, effectively replacing Mike Murphy, who had left Facebook in the late summer.

What do you think about Facebook’s latest hire on the advertising front?