Microsoft has appointed Horacio Gutierrez as its new general counsel, after former general counsel Brad Smith became the software company’s president and chief legal officer. 

US-based Gutierrez joined Microsoft in 1998 from Morgan Lewis & Bockius. 

Since then he has held in-house roles as a senior attorney, as well as an associate EMEA general counsel. He was also promoted to corporate vice president and deputy GC for IP and licensing in 2006, before becoming deputy GC for products and services last year. 

As general counsel, Gutierrez will oversee Microsoft’s global legal affairs supporting the company’s products and services, marketing, sales and operations worldwide. 

The news follows the appointment of former general counsel Brad Smith to the position of president and chief legal officer in September.