Two Microsoft Bing team members fired for misusing assets

Microsoft's Bing search division is without two of its marketing team members, including Eric Hadley, who was until today the general manager of worldwide marketing for Bing. AdAge.com reports that Microsoft confirmed that both Hadley and Bing's Brand Entertainment head Sean Carver were fired from the company.

According to Microsoft's official statement:

We can confirm that as the result of an investigation, Eric Hadley and Sean Carver's employment with Microsoft has been terminated for violation of company policies related to mismanagement of company assets and vendor procurement.

Hadley was also the general manager of marketing for Microsoft's MSN service. Microsoft has not commented further on what Hadley or Carver are accused of doing and there's no word if the company plans to file any criminal charges against the two men. So far, Hadley and Carver have yet to comment publicly on their firings.

Hadley had previously worked for Microsoft and then returned to the company to head up its MSN marketing business in 2009 after working at Yahoo. Business Insider reports that Bing team member Mike Nichols will take on Hadley and Carver's responsibilities at Microsoft.

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"policies related to mismanagement of company assets and vendor procurement." Odds are they might have bought hardware from vendors and might have made deals with the vedors for toys.

I know someone that got a car for doing XXXXXX amount of sales from a vendor. The car was indented for the Company not the buyer.

ShiZZa said,
"policies related to mismanagement of company assets and vendor procurement." Odds are they might have bought hardware from vendors and might have made deals with the vedors for toys.

I know someone that got a car for doing XXXXXX amount of sales from a vendor. The car was indented for the Company not the buyer.

I assume you meant "intended". That is really unreal. There seems to be a lot of abuse of things like that.

I'd imagine it would have to be pretty bad for them to be fired over.

Probably setting the default search engine on their work computer to Google

Enron said,
I wonder what they did. Maybe they'll work for Google now.
Most likely cos of the ads from Google is allowed in their service bin.

MiukuMac said,
Watched porn at work or ran the Brazzers network on Microsoft servers.

lol, they were probably starting their own porn site, Bing Bus.

Tom said,
I'd be interested as to what they specifically did.

Unlikely that we will never know. For someone who works that high up in ranks, NDAs in their job contract will prevent disclosure of anything related to the job during or after their employment.

Tom said,
I'd be interested as to what they specifically did.

Using Justin Bieber wallpapers in the office.

Tom said,
I'd be interested as to what they specifically did.

maybe they looked at users search usage... we never know... anything can happen in any company... i quit bing /s

Tom said,
I'd be interested as to what they specifically did.

Procurement deals. They might have used vendors who paid highest commission. This can probably fall under corruption and companies like Microsoft will deal with it very sternly.

They will also have tough time explaining their future employers why they left their earlier high profile jobs.