Microsoft Loses Top Search Exec Randy Wootton

Microsoft vp of global search and online marketplace Randy Wootton is leaving the company.

Wootton’s departure was announced in an e-mail sent by Microsoft head of global ad sales Carolyn Everson this morning. Everson said Wootton is leaving Microsoft at the end of 2010 after six and a half years.

Wootton (pictured) confirmed his impending departure late Monday in an e-mail to Adweek. He plans to join AdReady, a Seattle-area startup that creates dynamic display ads, as svp of sales, service and marketing.

His Microsoft duties have included leading 300 staffers in sales, marketing and support for the small and medium business segment of the tech titan’s search operations.

Everson praised Wootton for his efforts in integrating Yahoo search into the Microsoft fold.

His previous roles at Microsoft include chief of staff for online services in the Windows division and head of U.S. specialist sales.

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